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The mind of the South


The Old South
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
Slave Life and Culture: Order and Discipline

Relevant texts:
Excerpts from new laws to control slaves in Virginia, North Carolina, and Alabama.

Plantation Values: The Paternalist Vision
Resource Type: Primary Source
America. Lithograph by Edward Williams Clay (1841). A highly idealized portrayal of the relationship between a slaveowning family and its slaves. The old slave in the foreground says, "God Bless you massa! you feed and clothe us. When we are sick you nurse us, and when too old to work, you provide for us!" The paternalist master vows, "These poor creatures are a sacred legacy from my ancestors and while a dollar is left me, nothing shall be spared to increase their comfort and happiness."

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