Pro-Slavery Writers Argue the Issue of Slavery

Around the 1830’s, the public attitudes of slavery among southerners began to change from a necessary evil to a positive good. Read the pro-slavery documents (found in the Manifest Destiny, Abolition and the Civil War section of the Links) and write a two page essay examining the descriptions of the defense on slavery offered in the documents. Please include answers to the following points within your essay:

What stereotypes do these documents promote about African-Americans? 

How do these men justify slavery?

How do these men envision civilized society and slavery’s place in it?

In what ways are the arguments of these men reflective of racial prejudice?

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