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Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
<p>Tise here studies the 'proslavery ideology, a mode of thinking . . . and a system of symbols that expressed the social, cultural and moral values of a large portion of the American population' in the first half of the 19th century . . . Tise chronicles a constant stream of books, articles, pamphlets and sermons—his chapter on the growth of proslavery arguments by clergy, usually derived from narrow interpretations of Scripture, is illuminating—and builds to a remarkable and probably controversial exploration of the 'proslavery Republicanism,' which he sees as the full flowering of the conservative Federalist viewpoint that had only temporarily been defeated by America's founding fathers when they framed our Constitution.</p> (Publishers Weekly)
<p>Tise challenges everything that has long been held sacred by historians of the proslavery movement. Moreover, he offers us not simply a revisionist but a revolutionary thesis. He has severed proslavery from slavery and found its home in the very place where others had detected the origins of abolitionism. Most significantly, Tise has redefined proslavery thought</p> (Kenneth S. Greenberg <i>American Historical Review</i>)
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Or that President Woodrow Wilson's father made his name preaching in favor of slavery?
Slavery remains with us to this day in the 13th Amendment and all Americans should read about our evil past, I think.
While some can think of exceptions to that statement, it was generally true. White Southerners were not a bookish people, and did not produce, or read, volumes by the carload. If you subtract titles in law, political philosophy, and theology, the list is even shorter. What Tise does is trace the origins of the pro-slavery defense or "positive good" argument back to its origins among New England clergy and other northern thinkers and writers. His volume, at just over five hundred pages, is not easy reading, but he deals with an important subject, has an original thesis, and proves many of his points.
Michael B. Chesson
Founding Professor and Dean
The American College of History & Legal Studies
Certainly there were northerners who were anti-abolition and were proslave, so what? Certainly there were ministers from New England who were pro-slavery, so what? There were also scores of New England clergy other people who were opposed to slavery. Tise seems to think that by showing there were a bunch of northerns who were proslavery that proves that the southerns got the ideas to defend slavery from them. Or, as he says "that it was spurred by impluses from outside the South, and that nonsoutherners as well as nonsouthern ideas were chiefly responsible for the transformation" Please.
Honestly, I think Tise misses the truth here.