Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Family or FreedomPeople of Color in the Antebellum South$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Emily West

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136929

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136929.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 25 September 2021

“Traditional” Motivations and White Perspectives on Voluntary Enslavement

“Traditional” Motivations and White Perspectives on Voluntary Enslavement

(p.75) 3 “Traditional” Motivations and White Perspectives on Voluntary Enslavement
Family or Freedom

Emily West

University Press of Kentucky

“Traditional” motivations for enslavement from the perspective of both pro-slavery ideologues and earlier historians form the basis of the third chapter. Typically, both the expulsion and enslavement of free blacks have been viewed through a prism of issues which include impoverishment, debt, and the notion of enslavement as a positive good via pro-slavery propaganda. The chapter also conveys the ways in which less wealthy whites were anxious to buy their way in to the slaveholding class through the acquisition of free people of color. Free blacks had every right to be increasingly fearful of being tricked, forced or cajoled into enslavement by the late 1850s.

Keywords:   White perspectives, “Voluntary” enslavement, Pro-slavery propaganda, Less wealthy whites, Slaveholding class, Tricked, Forced, Cajoled

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .