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Family or FreedomPeople of Color in the Antebellum South$
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Emily West

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136929

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136929.001.0001

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“Traditional” Motivations and White Perspectives on Voluntary Enslavement

“Traditional” Motivations and White Perspectives on Voluntary Enslavement

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(p.75) 3 “Traditional” Motivations and White Perspectives on Voluntary Enslavement
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Emily West

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136929.003.0003

“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

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