Comparing the Antebellum North and South


comparing the Antebellum North and South

but without them receiving the credit for these traditions, which were considered as being adaptations of European beliefs and rituals. Slave women whose children were being sold away had at least the hope that God would protect them and she would meet them again in Heaven. Xxi Despite the white ministers trying to label these traditions as sins, African-Americans kept them alive. Xxxii.) Ibid., 128-9, 138-9. A b "Antebellum Period HistoryNet". Southern slave owners also believed the slave was so racially inferior having a master to feed and clothe him was his salvation and therefore slavery was a good thing for black people. Reprinted by Dover, New York, 1969. Thus, slaves and masters were recorded separated or together, according to the whims of the church clerk, sometimes they were baptized together,xxv the death of slaves was faithfully recorded, and baptisms and licensing of black preachers gave them a positive sense of self. Work cited, litwack, Leon: North of South: The Negro in the Free States. Grandmothers were instrumental as caregivers and nurturers in the extended family network. Americans defined the two distinct nations when they discovered who they were not.

Introduction, antebellum period is the history immediately before the civil war before (ante) war (bellum) meaning the entire period.S civil war history that goes from. Other forms of resistance to the control of slave-owners were related to religion, as well. Religion also provided them with the opportunity to gain some education, as Methodist preachers often encouraged owners to teach slaves to read.xxxviii One final and crucial role that religion played in the lives of slave women (and fueled their resistance to slavery) was to help. By the 1770s the number of slaves had increased in the southern estates and had converted to the evangelical religions like the Methodist faith. The northern acquired the political and economic clout and wanted to dominate the southern society as a whole. These meant in essence that the Southern products were of low standard as they used local blacksmiths who made low grade products compared to their Northern counterparts who were more advanced technologically. Nonetheless, whether the scholars bias is more or less pronounced, the truth about the role of religion in helping slaves cope with their hardships is evident: religion gave slaves a sense of personhood, dignity and power that they were otherwise denied in their lives,. Reprinted by Dover, New York, 1969 1-2. Puckett, The Magic and Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1926. It is also the period when the slavery problem was widely ignored, and as result there was an increase of slavery, which resulted to extensive abuse of their human rights; many African Americans find this era to be offensive. Later on, in the 1970s and 1980s these traditions are considered as actually having been weak among the Southern slaves, replaced. Many slaves converted to another denomination than their masters urged them to (e.g., becoming Baptist instead of Methodist, singing Methodist hymns instead of practicing Catholicism)xxix or because of the inadequate conditions of worship, especially in the case of Catholicism (e.g., foreign-born priests, understaffed churches, priests.

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