The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview

The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview

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Author/Contributor(s): Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth ; Genovese, Eugene D
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 10/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
Presenting many slaveholders as intelligent, honorable and pious men and women, this study asks how people who were admirable in so many ways could have presided over a social system that inflicted gross abuse on slaves. The South had formidable proslavery intellectuals who participated fully in transatlantic debates and boldly challenged an ascendant capitalist (free-labor) society. Blending classical and Christian traditions, they forged a moral and political philosophy designed to sustain conservative principles in history, political economy, social theory, and theology, while translating them into political action.