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- Analyze the complex relations among the different elements of southern society: planter-aristocrats, small planters, poor whites, slaves, and free blacks. Contrast the dominant slaveholding elite with the mass of poorer whites who nevertheless supported slavery.
REFERENCES: Bruce Collins, White Society in the Antebellum South (1985); Ira Berlin, Slaves Without Masters (1975).
- Examine the nature of slavery. Explain how slavery was both an economic institution and a social system that shaped whites and blacks alike, including their social and family life.
REFERENCE: Brenda Stevenson, Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (1996).
- Describe the lives of blacks under slavery. Show both the burdens of the system and the slaves' struggles to survive and maintain their humanity.
REFERENCE: Eugene Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll (1976).
- Explain the various responses to slavery, from radical abolitionism to the defense of slavery as a positive good, and why the abolitionists had such a great impact even though they were an unpopular minority.
REFERENCE: Lewis Perry and Michael Fellman, Antislavery Reconsidered (1979).