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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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The Politics of Slavery

The Politics of Slavery

(p.257) 12 The Politics of Slavery
Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Kentucky was regarded as having the strongest antislavery movement of any of the slave states and many hoped it would be the first to abolish slavery. Most Kentuckians agreed with Henry Clay that slavery was evil, but they also agreed with him that it was necessary for public safety. There were many groups and individuals in the state organizing abolition movements, yet most Kentuckians feared too many free blacks in the state and refused to join. Most Kentuckians believed in the necessity of slavery as a means of social and racial control. For many, tradition and the notion of white racial superiority created a barrier to enacting a viable policy of gradual emancipation or envisioning a world with free white and black labor within the state.

Keywords:   slavery, laws, abolition, American Colonization Society

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