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The Resource Evil necessity : slavery and political culture in antebellum Kentucky, Harold D. Tallant

Evil necessity : slavery and political culture in antebellum Kentucky, Harold D. Tallant

Label
Evil necessity : slavery and political culture in antebellum Kentucky
Title
Evil necessity
Title remainder
slavery and political culture in antebellum Kentucky
Statement of responsibility
Harold D. Tallant
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Long before the Civil War began, Kentucky was the quintessential border state. As states in the Lower South embraced a militant proslavery ideology, Kentuckians viewed slavery as an "evil necessity," a harmful institution that was nonetheless necessary for the immediate economic, social, and political survival of the region."
  • "This understanding of slavery as a necessary evil both helped and harmed the cause of antislavery reform. Most immediately, it sparked debate on the subject of slavery. While other southern states were considering secession, Kentuckians were questioning the very existence of slavery in their state during the constitutional reform effort of 1849. This tolerant attitude allowed even radical antislavery activity, including the work of abolitionists like James G. Bimey and John G. Fee, to go forward with comparatively little suppression."
  • "Antislavery reform, however, was ultimately harmed by the necessary evil theory. Despite their reservations about the immorality of slavery, Kentuckians comforted themselves with the idea that they were helpless to do anything about it. Likewise, this belief fostered a more conservative antislavery activism than thrived in other parts of the country. Even those citizens who recognized the human and economic devastation of slavery found it easier to embrace a gradualist antislavery position that would take decades to fully achieve."
  • "Antislavery activists were initially drawn to the Commonwealth, thinking it would be one of the first southern states to end slavery. Kentucky actually proved to be one of the last states to do so and the only one to explicitly reject all three Civil War amendments to the Constitution that abolished slavery and gave citizenship rights to the former slaves. Evil Necessity explores this paradox, illustrating how moderation on the slavery issue resulted in a do-nothing policy that preserved human bondage."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tallant, Harold D.
Dewey number
326/.09769
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E445.K5
LC item number
T35 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slavery
  • Political culture
  • Kentucky
Label
Evil necessity : slavery and political culture in antebellum Kentucky, Harold D. Tallant
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The necessary evil -- The colonizationist imperative -- The dilemma of conservative reform -- The limits of political action -- The crisis at the door -- The crossroads -- The quest for righteousness -- The relevance and irrelevance of John G. Fee
Control code
50919921
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 307 pages
Isbn
9780813122526
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2002152767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Evil necessity : slavery and political culture in antebellum Kentucky, Harold D. Tallant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The necessary evil -- The colonizationist imperative -- The dilemma of conservative reform -- The limits of political action -- The crisis at the door -- The crossroads -- The quest for righteousness -- The relevance and irrelevance of John G. Fee
Control code
50919921
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 307 pages
Isbn
9780813122526
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2002152767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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