slavery and the old south

Slavery and the Old South


Students will be able to articulate how southern slave owners defended slavery as a “positive good.” This is part of antebellum America’s social, political, cultural, and economic development that impacted the Civil War, Reconstruction, and beyond. This assignment isn’t about whether you like or dislike slavery; it is about understanding how slavery was rationalized.

This activity is adapted from America in Class edited by Peter A. Coclanis, from the National Humanities Center, copyright 2010-2018. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Image Credit

“ Oh Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny,” tobacco package label, lithograph by Robertson, Seibert & Shearman, New York, 1859 (detail). Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-08346. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Note: “Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny” is the name of a song published in 1878 that romanticized slavery and was Virginia’s state song from 1940-1997. The song and the image depict what is known as the myth of the “happy slave”.


AMH 2010 slavery and the Old South Homework-1.docx

Pro-Slavery Readings.docx

Pro-Slavery guiding questions.docx(do not upload your responses to the guiding questions)