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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Old South (1820-1860)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Describe the major regions of the South and explain the importance and character of agriculture in the region.

Describe the distribution of slavery in the South.

Describe the class structure of white southerners and its relationship to slavery.

Describe the institution of slavery and how it functioned as a labor system and a system for regulating relations between the races.

Describe slave culture and how it helped slaves bear up under the pressures of slavery.

Discuss the ways slaves resisted the institution of bondage.

Describe the various ways southern whites defended slavery.