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The Southern debate over slavery /
edited by Loren Schweninger.
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2001-
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v. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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0252026322 (v. 1 : acid-free paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2001-
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0252026322 (v. 1 : acid-free paper)
contents note
v. 1. Petitions to Southern legislatures, 1778-1864 -- v. 2. Petitions to southern county courts 1775-1867
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4523341
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Loren Schweninger, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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"An exceptional volume. Carefully edited and reasonably priced . . . . From the material lives of free blacks and the evolving nature of proslavery thought to the cultural world of antebellum slaves and the mind of the planter class, these petitions provide information for the researcher, and illumination for the undergraduate." -- Douglas R. Egerton,Georgia Historical Quarterly"Elegant. . . will enhance historical debate and instigate further research. . . . Will help to produce a well-rounded study of slave law." -- Stephanie L. Baker,North Carolina Historical ReviewADVANCE PRAISE "I cannot imagine a more important resource for scholars and students of slavery studies thanThe Southern Debate over Slavery.Every research library in the country will have to secure a copy of this volume." -- Darlene Clark Hine, editor ofFacts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America"In petitioning state legislatures and county courts, southerners -- white and black -- exposed slavery's deepest secret: slavery was not what the law, the master, or the white man said it was. Instead, these memorials revealed slavery's complex reality and the on-the-ground struggles of slaves and their owners, free people of color, and white nonslaveholders. . . . Schweninger has assembled a sample of these extraordinary documents. His book will quickly become a standard source for the study of antebellum society." -- Ira Berlin, author ofMany Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
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Summaries
Main Description
An incomparably rich source of period information,The Southern Debate over Slaveryoffers a representative sampling of the thousands of petitions about issues of race and slavery that southerners submitted to their state legislatures between the American Revolution and the Civil War.These petitions, filed by slaveholders and nonslaveholders, slaves and free blacks, women and men, abolitionists and staunch defenders of slavery, constitute a uniquely important primary source. Petitioners were compelled to present the most accurate and fully documented case they could, since their claims would be subject to public scrutiny and legal verification. Unlike the many reminiscences and autobiographies of the period, these petitions record with great immediacy and minute detail the dynamics, common understandings, and legal restrictions and parameters that shaped southern society during this period. Arranged chronologically, with their original spelling and idiosyncratic phraseology intact, these documents reveal the grim and brutal nature of human bondage, the fears of whites who lived among large concentrations of blacks, and the workings of the complicated legal system designed to control blacks. They tell about the yearning of bondspeople to gain their freedom, the attitudes of freed blacks who were forced to leave the South, and the efforts of African Americans to overcome harsh and restrictive laws. They also underscore the unique situation of free women of color and the reliance of manumitted (formally freed) blacks on their former owners for protection, travel passes, guardianship papers, and reference letters.Astonishingly intimate and frank,The Southern Debate over Slaveryilluminates how slavery penetrated nearly every aspect of southern life and how various groups of southerners responded to the difficulties they confronted as a result of living in a slave society.
Main Description
An incomparably rich source of period information, The Southern Debate over Slavery offers a sampling of the thousands of petitions about issues of race and slavery that southerners submitted to their state legislatures between the American Revolution and the Civil War.
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An incomparably rich source of period information, The Southern Debate over Slavery offers a representative sampling of the thousands of petitions about issues of race and slavery that southerners submitted to their state legislatures between the American Revolution and the Civil War.These petitions, filed by slaveholders and nonslaveholders, slaves and free blacks, women and men, abolitionists and staunch defenders of slavery, constitute a uniquely important primary source. Petitioners were compelled to present the most accurate and fully documented case they could, since their claims would be subject to public scrutiny and legal verification. Unlike the many reminiscences and autobiographies of the period, these petitions record with great immediacy and minute detail the dynamics, common understandings, and legal restrictions and parameters that shaped southern society during this period.Arranged chronologically, with their original spelling and idiosyncratic phraseology intact, these documents reveal the grim and brutal nature of human bondage, the fears of whites who lived among large concentrations of blacks, and the workings of the complicated legal system designed to control blacks. Astonishingly intimate and frank, The Southern Debate over Slavery illuminates how slavery penetrated nearly every aspect of southern life and how various groups of southerners responded to the difficulties they confronted as a result of living in a slave society.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Preface and Editorial Methodp. xxi
Introductionp. xxv
Abbreviationsp. xxxix
Archer Payne, Goochland County, to Virginia House of Delegates, 1778p. 3
Jacob Alford et al., Bladen County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1779p. 4
Anne Bennet to Virginia House of Delegates, 1780p. 4
Citizens of Henrico County to Virginia House of Delegates, 1782p. 6
Daniel Cannon et al., Charleston, to South Carolina House, 1783p. 6
Sarah Greene, Fairfax County, to Virginia House of Delegates, 1784p. 7
James, New Kent County, to Virginia Assembly, 1786p. 9
James Wimbish, Halifax County, to Virginia Assembly, 1789p. 9
Thomas Cole, Peter Bassnett Mathewes, and Matthew Webb to South Carolina Senate, 1791p. 11
John Holman to South Carolina House, 1791p. 13
Samuel Jasper to North Carolina Assembly, 1792p. 14
William Giles, Rowan County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1794p. 16
John Carruthers Stanly, Craven County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1798p. 17
Inhabitants of Nashville to Tennessee Assembly, 1799p. 17
Gurdon Deming, Cumberland County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1800p. 18
James Huske et al., Fayetteville, to North Carolina Assembly, 1800p. 19
Inhabitants of Davidson County to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1801p. 20
Richard Furman et al., Amelia Township, to South Carolina House, 1801p. 21
John Carruthers Stanly, Craven County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1802p. 23
William Simmons, Charleston, to South Carolina House, 1802p. 24
Petition of the Incorporated Mechanical Society of Wilmington to North Carolina Assembly, 1802p. 25
Inhabitants of Stokes County to North Carolina Assembly, 1803p. 27
Citizens of Guilford and Stokes Counties to North Carolina Assembly, 1803p. 27
Benjamin Duval et al., Richmond, to Virginia Assembly, 1804p. 29
William Odom et al., Robeson County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1805p. 31
Christian Limbaugh to North Carolina Assembly, 1805p. 33
Thomas Reekes, Mecklenburg County, to Virginia House of Delegates, 1805p. 34
Charlotte Ball, Culpeper County, to Virginia House of Delegates, 1806p. 36
Samuel Kerfott, Frederick County, to Virginia Assembly, 1808p. 38
Petition of Quakers, Guilford County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1809p. 39
Alexander Smith, Ashe County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1809p. 40
Benjamin Edwards Browne, Surry County, to Virginia Assembly, 1809p. 41
Samuel Templeman, Westmoreland County, to Virginia Assembly, 1809p. 43
Christopher MacPherson, Richmond, to Virginia Assembly, 1810p. 46
James Carmichael et al. to South Carolina House, 1812p. 47
Citizens of Tennessee to Tennessee Assembly, 1813p. 48
Lucinda, King George County, to Virginia Legislature, 1813p. 49
Hezekiah Mosby, Powhatan County, to Virginia Assembly, 1815p. 50
Richard Dawson Sr. et al., Beaufort District, to South Carolina Assembly, ca. 1816p. 51
Robert Wright, Campbell County, to Virginia Assembly, 1816p. 52
Harry Jackson Jr., Norfolk Borough, to Virginia Assembly, 1816p. 53
Sanders Glover et al., Amelia Township, to South Carolina Assembly, 1816p. 55
Harriet Laspeyre, New Hanover County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1816p. 57
Jonathan Bacon et al. to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1817p. 58
Joseph Holleman et al., Isle of Wight County, to Virginia Assembly, 1817p. 59
William Johnson to Mississippi Assembly, 1820p. 61
Micah Jenkins et al., Charleston, to South Carolina Assembly, 1820p. 62
John Winston, Pennsylvania, to Virginia Assembly, 1820p. 63
Samuel Johnston, Fauquier County, to Virginia Assembly, 1820p. 65
Robert Johnston, Davidson County, to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1821p. 66
Catharine Smith, Williamson County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1821p. 69
Colored People of Hertford County to North Carolina Assembly, ca. 1822p. 70
J. E. Holmes, Charleston, to South Carolina Senate, ca. 1822p. 71
John Carmille, Charleston, to South Carolina Senate, ca. 1823p. 73
Thomas D. Bailey, Somerset County, to Delaware Assembly, 1823p. 74
Free People of Color of St. Augustine to Florida Legislative Council, 1823p. 75
Officers of the Edisto Island Auxiliary Association to South Carolina House, 1823p. 76
South Carolina Association to Senate, ca. 1823p. 78
Inhabitants of Claremont, Clarendon, St. John, St. Stevens, and Richland Districts to South Carolina Senate, ca. 1824p. 83
Andrew Barland, Jefferson County, to Mississippi Assembly, ca. 1824p. 86
John L. Wilson for Jehu Jones, Charleston, to South Carolina Senate, ca. 1824p. 87
Malachi Hagins, Jefferson County, to Mississippi Assembly, ca. 1824p. 88
Washington Darden et al., Jefferson County, to Mississippi Assembly, ca. 1824p. 89
Charleston Wharf Owners to South Carolina Senate, ca. 1825p. 90
Citizens of Rutherford County to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1825p. 93
Gaspar Sinclair, Jefferson County, to Mississippi Assembly, 1825p. 94
Basil Chastang, Mobile County, to Alabama Legislature, ca. 1826p. 95
Wilmington Union Colonization Society to Delaware Assembly, ca. 1827p. 96
Littleton P. Henderson, Accomack County, to Virginia Assembly, 1827p. 100
Mechanics of Charleston to South Carolina Assembly, ca. 1828p. 101
Charleston City Council to South Carolina Senate, ca. 1828p. 104
John Jonah Murrell et al., Christ Church Parish, to South Carolina House, 1829p. 105
Elias Naudain, Kent County, to Delaware Assembly, 1829p. 109
Martha Smith Green, Williamson County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1829p. 110
Joshua Thuman, Hardeman County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1829p. 115
Joseph Mickle, Kershaw District, to South Carolina House, 1829p. 116
Inhabitants of Sampson, Bladen, New Hanover, and Duplin Counties to North Carolina Assembly, ca. 1830p. 117
Samuel Miller to the Mississippi Legislature, ca. 1830sp. 122
Jeremiah Gill, Jefferson County, to the Mississippi Assembly, 1830p. 123
Austin Grisham, Williamson County, to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1831p. 124
James Spare et al., New Castle County, to Delaware Assembly, 1831p. 126
A. P. Upshur et al., Northampton County, to Virginia Legislature, 1831p. 128
Inhabitants of New Bern to North Carolina Assembly, 1831p. 131
Inhabitants of Craven County to North Carolina Assembly, 1831p. 134
Citizens of Charles City and New Kent Counties to Virginia Assembly, 1831p. 136
Residents of Maury, Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Williamson, and Lincoln Counties to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1832p. 137
Stephen Lytle, Nashville, to Tennessee Assembly, ca. 1832p. 139
Samuel H. Osborne to Mississippi Assembly, ca. 1833p. 142
David Harding, Davidson County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1833p. 143
Philip Lindsley et al. to Tennessee Assembly, 1833p. 144
Ned Hyman and Elizabeth Hagans, Martin County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1833p. 146
John Waddell to North Carolina Assembly, 1834p. 148
Sally Dabney, Richmond, to Virginia Assembly, 1834p. 150
David Hemphill et al. to South Carolina Legislature, 1835p. 152
Basil Brawner, Prince William County, to Virginia Assembly, 1835p. 154
John Moffett, Rockbridge County, to Virginia Assembly, 1835p. 156
John Hawkins, Caroline County, Maryland, to Delaware Assembly, 1837p. 157
Greenberry and Caroline Logan, Brazoria, to Texas Legislature, 1837p. 159
Samuel Seay, Davidson County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1837p. 161
Rebekah, Sullivan County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1837p. 162
William W. Dunn, Barnwell District, to South Carolina Assembly, 1837p. 163
James Paterson, Richland District, to South Carolina Assembly, 1838p. 164
Free Persons of Color of Fredericksburg to Virginia Assembly, 1838p. 165
William Goyens, Nacogdoches County, to Texas Legislature, 1838p. 167
William Lewis, Tuskaloosa, to Alabama Legislature, 1839p. 168
Citizens of Charleston Neck to South Carolina Assembly, ca. 1840p. 169
Jehu Jones Jr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to South Carolina Senate, 1840p. 172
Citizens of Brazoria County to Texas Legislature, 1840p. 173
Fanny McFarland, Houston, to Texas Legislature, 1840p. 175
Peggy Rankin, Montgomery County, to Texas Legislature, 1841p. 176
W. H. Merriwether et al., Albemarle County, to Virginia Assembly, 1842p. 177
P. N. Nicholas et al., Henrico County, to Virginia Assembly, 1842p. 181
Commissioners of Raleigh to North Carolina Assembly, 1842p. 183
S. T. Robinson et al. to South Carolina Assembly, ca. 1843p. 186
Citizens of Halifax County to North Carolina Assembly, 1844p. 188
Jacob et al., Halifax County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1844p. 190
Elisha Blackmon to South Carolina Assembly, 1845p. 192
James H. Hanson, John W. Hanson, and U. Rasin to Missouri Assembly, 1846p. 194
Ambrose Lewis, St. Louis, to Missouri Assembly, 1846p. 195
Jonathan Lipps et al., Carter County, to Tennessee Assembly, 1847p. 196
Oscar Taliaferro, Richmond, to Virginia Assembly, 1847p. 197
Harvey Dean et al., Bedford County, to Tennessee Legislature, 1847p. 198
Nicholas N. Nixon, New Hanover County, to North Carolina Assembly, 1848p. 200
Nathaniel Brinkley et al. to Delaware Assembly, ca. 1849p. 201
J. W. F. Jackson et al. to Delaware Assembly, 1849p. 203
Residents of Rutherford County to Tennessee Assembly, 1849p. 204
Citizens of Warren County to Mississippi Assembly, ca. 1850sp. 206
John Dixon and Sarah Dixon, Alexandria, to Virginia Assembly, 1850p. 207
G. Mason, John A. Washington, and Dennis Johnston, Fairfax County, to Virginia Assembly, 1851p. 210
Eleanor Vaughan et al., Halifax County, to Virginia Assembly, 1851p. 215
Horatio McClenaghan, Marion District, to South Carolina Senate, 1851p. 217
T. W. Sweet et al. to Alabama Legislature, 1851p. 218
Citizens of Wilkinson County to Mississippi Assembly, ca. 1852p. 219
Moses America et al., Kent County, to Delaware Assembly, ca. 1853p. 222
Joseph F. McDonald et al., Harrison County, to Texas Legislature, 1853p. 223
W. G. Veal et al., Hopkins County, to Texas Legislature, 1854p. 224
J. Malachi Ford, Walterboro, to South Carolina House, 1854p. 225
Agricultural Society of St. Paul's Parish to South Carolina Assembly, 1854p. 226
Hervey Currie et al. to Tennessee Legislature, 1855p. 228
Citizens and Mechanics of Smithville to North Carolina Assembly, 1856p. 229
Samuel McCulloch Jr., Jackson County, to Congress of Texas, 1857p. 229
Citizens of Hardeman County to Tennessee Assembly, 1857p. 231
Citizens of Coffee County to Alabama Assembly, 1857p. 232
Lucy Andrews to South Carolina Senate and House, 1858p. 233
Citizens of Chester District to South Carolina Legislature, ca. 1859p. 234
Citizens of McClennan County to Texas Legislature, ca. 1859p. 235
Johan Perret, Kemper County, to Mississippi Legislature, ca. 1859p. 236
Citizens of Maury County to Tennessee Assembly, 1859p. 237
Grand Jury of Hays County to Texas Legislature, 1859p. 238
W. E. Price, Walker County, to Texas Legislature, 1859p. 239
H. L. Houze et al., Enterprise, to Mississippi Legislature, 1859p. 239
James Rose et al., Charleston, to South Carolina Assembly, ca. 1860p. 241
Citizens of Currituck County to North Carolina Assembly, ca. 1860p. 242
Citizens of Frederick, Jefferson, and Clarke Counties to Virginia Assembly, 1860p. 244
P. A. L. Smith et al., Fauquier County, to Virginia Assembly, 1860p. 245
Ann Archie, Marshall County, to Mississippi Legislature, 1860p. 246
Walker Fitch, Augusta County, to Virginia Assembly, 1861p. 247
W. T. Smith et al., Marshall, to Texas Assembly, 1861p. 249
John Kelker, Frederick Kelker, and Cecil Kelker, Santa Rosa County, to Florida Assembly, 1861p. 250
Citizens of Union County to North Carolina Assembly, 1864p. 252
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 261
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