Segment descriptions
Minorities in America Series:
      Slavery in America

Slavery in America        
   sampler  3’-24”   (84’ lecture)

What are the forms of resistance, impact, and leverage available to slaves to help alleviate some of the worst aspects of slavery?

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Slavery and the South.  Why the South’s view of slavery evolves from “necessary evil” to “the positive good.”  The impact of technology.  



American independence and abolition.  The failure of the Constitution to end slavery.




Slave life.  The role of Christianity.  The role of black preachers.  Interaction between whites and blacks.  The extended black family and the slave community. 




Slave resistance. Inability to blend in a sea of white limits resistance:  Leverage from other forms of resistance.  Precarious life of the free black in the South.  The restrictions and racism facing the free black in the North. 




Abolitionist Movement. Mainly a deeply felt moral issue.  Role of Quakers.  The Underground Railroad.  Sweeping victory for slavery in the 1850’s of the Dred Scott Decision.  Birth of the Republican Party in 1854 and Lincoln’s election.



The Civil War. It is ultimately about slavery, with economic, moral, and political aspects.  For the South, it is to preserve their way of life. 



Enigma of Emancipation Proclamation.  It frees slaves in states it has no control over but not in states it does control.   A quarter million blacks serve in the Union Army by war’s end, make great sacrifices.