Nalyzing and Discussing Primary and Secondary Source Documents

Before the emergence of cotton as a primary crop in the south, the invention of the cotton gin, and territorial expansion southward and westward, slavery appeared to be on the decline. These factors, coupled with rising a demand for cotton by the British textile industry, revived the Souths agricultural economy.

Although cotton could be grown with or without slavery, the expansion of cotton cultivation and slavery occurred together. But slavery was not just tied to the southern economy, it was also part of the social, cultural and political structures of southern society. When slavery was challenged on moral grounds, southerners chose to defend their Peculiar institution,as in the words of John C. Calhoun A positive good.”

Instructions:

This writing assignment will require you to analyze and discuss primary and secondary sources, that relate to the institution of slavery in the United States.

a?Review the content addressed in Chapter 11 of the textbook, focusing on the discussion of Slavery: SLAVERY: THE PECULIAR INSTITUTION.”
a?Read the section titled, THE CRUSADE AGAINST SLAVERY in Chapter 12.
a?Read the section AMERICA IN THE WORLD: The Abolition of Slavery, available at this link. It can also be found in Chapter 12.
a?Read this excerpt from a statement made in 1837 by John Calhoun in which he outlines his views on slavery . Note his comparison of the lot of slaves with that of European (and northern) workers.
As you complete your readings, identify the information that addresses and anwers the following questions.

1.Some southerners defended slavery claiming that it was essentially a paternalistic institution in which most slaves were treated reasonably well, and that southern slaves were better treated than northern factory Wage slaves”. How does Calhoun support this claim? How would you respond to those statements?
2.Most southerners defended slavery, even though they were not part of the Plantation Aristocracy. According to the readings that you have completed, why did they support it?
3.Discuss why it was so much easier to end the slave trade rather than to end slavery itself

Nalyzing and Discussing Primary and Secondary Source Documents

Sources:
(1) SLAVERY: THE PECULIAR INSTITUTION.TEXTBOOK: The Unfinished Nation ch11
(2)THE CRUSADE AGAINST SLAVERY, ch12 same textbook as 1
(3)/highered.mcgraw-hill.com/novella/BbUpdateableLinkReader.jsp?contentid1676441&isbn0073513237&passcodedklfjsdlkf2394ldkjf92384dslk

Using the readings above,As you complete your readings, identify the information that addresses and anwers the following questions.

Some southerners defended slavery claiming that it was essentially a paternalistic institution in which most slaves were treated reasonably well, and that southern slaves were better treated than northern factory Wage slaves”. How does Calhoun support this claim? How would you respond to those statements?
Most southerners defended slavery, even though they were not part of the Plantation Aristocracy. According to the readings that you have completed, why did they support it?
Discuss why it was so much easier to end the slave trade rather than to end slavery itself.