Disscussion :The Pro-Slavery Worldview and Resistance Against Slavery


By the 1840’s, a pro-slavery world view formed claiming that slavery was a positive good. Southern slave holders clearly articulated this view in public as the primary documents in section XIII (pages 325-339) of the course pack show. Despite the power of pro-slavery racism, slaves did much to resist these racist ideas.

Discuss the differences in worldview between slaves and slave masters. How did pro-slavery advocates defend the institution of slavery and how did slaves resist, revolt against, and sustain their communities despite slavery?