Chapter 16: South and the Slave Controversy
Chapter Objectives: Full paragraph, detailed response to the following:
importance of slavery to the South’s economy between 1820 and 1860.
sociological and psychological dimensions of slave life on the eve of
the Civil War.
- Analyze the complex relations among
the different elements of southern society: planter aristocrats, small
planters, poor whites, slaves, and free blacks. Contrast the dominant slave
holding elite with the mass of poorer whites who never the less supported
- Explain the various responses to
slavery, from radical abolitionism to the defense of slavery as a positive
good, and why the abolitionists had such a great impact even though they were
an unpopular minority.