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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 3, The Old South
Resource Type: E-Seminar
Taught by: Eric Foner


In the third e-seminar in the series Slavery and Emancipation, Professor Eric Foner discusses the expansion of slavery during the first half of the nineteenth century, when it became the most powerful economic institution in the United States. He describes the arguments that proslavery Southerners used to defend their "peculiar institution" and details the system of subordination they created whereby slaves had virtually no legal rights.
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Document-Based QuestionsDocument-Based QuestionsTeaching ActivitiesTeaching Activities

1. Southern Society: Religion and Slavery

2. The Master-Slave Relationship




1. Day-to-Day Resistance to Slavery

2. Slave Sales



Point-CounterpointPoint-CounterpointClassroom SimulationsClassroom Simulations

1. The Power of Slaves over Their Own Sale

2. The Slave Family and the Institution of Slavery




1. Industrialization and Sectionalism





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