AP Chapter 11
Cotton, Slavery and the Old
South
The chapter is about the Old South—
different from the North. The South
be...
The Cotton Economy
South had a shift
•
•
•
•
•

Why?
Decline of tobacco
Rice
Sugar
Short staple cotton—grew in many different
soils and clima...
Cotton is King
• 1820-500,000 bales of cotton
• 1850 3 million
• 1860 5 million—bringing in over $200 million
per year in ...
Southern Trade and Industry
• Industry and commerce was there, it just grew
slowly—most were associated with agriculture
a...
Problems and Reasons for slow growth
• Transportation—Mississippi River, few canals
and a smattering of rail lines
• Great...
A Special Way of Life
• Southerners thought of themselves as
Cavaliers—with a life based on chivalry, leisure
and elegance...
Colonial Economic Relationship
• “From the rattle with which the nurse tickles
the ear of the child born in the South to t...
White Society in the South
• The Planter Class—Planter Asistocracy-20 slaves
or more-only ¼ of the white Southerners owned...
The Southern Lady
• Many similarities between middle class
northern woman and the affluent white
southern woman—home cente...
Middle Class Women
• Lived on farms, isolated from people outside
from families, less likely to have access to
education—1...
The Plain Folk
• These were the typical white southerners—no
slaves, small farms, no education—over half of
the country’s ...
The Hill People
• Some people did resist the social system of
the South—the Hill people of the Appalachian
ranges east of ...
Lowest Class of Whites(Trash)
• White trash or Crackers owned no land, worked
at odd jobs, hunted for food, suffered from
...
The Peculiar Institution
• Only existed in US, Brazil, Cuba and Puerto
Rico
• Isolated the South from other northern
state...
• Within the South itself, the institution of
slavery had paradoxical results—
• Separated yet joined together—dependent o...
No Typical Slave Style
• Enforcement was spotty until Nat Turner
• Even with slave codes in place, some slaves
did acquire...
• Life under Slavery Page 383
• Slavery in the Cities—slaves worked on
contracts, hired out by masters, not
supervised ver...
Culture of Slavery
• Resistance was only part of the slave response
to slavery—another was an elaborate process
of adaptat...
Language and Music
Pidgen-mixture of African words and English-Words like bogus, phony, gumbo, funky
Cuisine—deep fat fryi...
Religion
• Although a separate slave religion was not
suppose to exist, all were mainly Christians
with a mixture of Afric...
Slave Family
• Despite certain legal restrictions a “nuclear
family” consistently emerged among slaves. They
operated diff...
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  1. 1. AP Chapter 11 Cotton, Slavery and the Old South The chapter is about the Old South— different from the North. The South began the 19th century agricultural and it remained overwhelmingly agrarian by the 1860’s—The South grew but did not develop.
  2. 2. The Cotton Economy
  3. 3. South had a shift • • • • • Why? Decline of tobacco Rice Sugar Short staple cotton—grew in many different soils and climates • Cotton Gin
  4. 4. Cotton is King • 1820-500,000 bales of cotton • 1850 3 million • 1860 5 million—bringing in over $200 million per year in exports • A shift in the slave population
  5. 5. Southern Trade and Industry • Industry and commerce was there, it just grew slowly—most were associated with agriculture and served the needs of the plantation economy. • Iron Works—Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond • Flour mills • Lumber mills
  6. 6. Problems and Reasons for slow growth • Transportation—Mississippi River, few canals and a smattering of rail lines • Great profitability in cotton • Only so much money to invest • Southern climate less suitable for industrial development • Some said the Southerners just don’t work as hard
  7. 7. A Special Way of Life • Southerners thought of themselves as Cavaliers—with a life based on chivalry, leisure and elegance. Concerned more with “a refined and gracious way of life”. • Chivalry -courteous and considerate behavior • Why might that be?
  8. 8. Colonial Economic Relationship • “From the rattle with which the nurse tickles the ear of the child born in the South to the shroud that covers the cold form of the dead, everything comes to us from the North.” • Ak. Journalist Albert Pike • The De Bow’s Review—editor wrote about the southern economic dependency and warned of the dangers
  9. 9. White Society in the South • The Planter Class—Planter Asistocracy-20 slaves or more-only ¼ of the white Southerners owned slaves-of the 2 million white families in the South, only 1 in 40, or 50,000were families of planters • Very small minority—but dominated the political landscape and social events—left a lasting image of the South • Like Medieval towns—a business communitybuilt elegant homes, entertained lavishly— behaved very much like European nobility
  10. 10. The Southern Lady • Many similarities between middle class northern woman and the affluent white southern woman—home centered, serving needs of husband and children—no rights • “The right to protection involved the obligation to obey” --George Fitzhugh
  11. 11. Middle Class Women • Lived on farms, isolated from people outside from families, less likely to have access to education—1/4 of all white women over 20 were illiterate. • The slave labor system had a mixed impact on white women—spared them of labor but threatened many relationships with their husbands—infidelity
  12. 12. The Plain Folk • These were the typical white southerners—no slaves, small farms, no education—over half of the country’s total illiterate population came from the South. • Though they were deferential to the Planter class—tied to the system—access to cotton gins, markets, financial assistance, kinfolk,
  13. 13. The Hill People • Some people did resist the social system of the South—the Hill people of the Appalachian ranges east of the Mississippi—slavery was unattractive—it threatened their sense of their own independence—nationalistic, personal freedom,
  14. 14. Lowest Class of Whites(Trash) • White trash or Crackers owned no land, worked at odd jobs, hunted for food, suffered from diseases—so poor and so little strength to protest—ate clay—worse off than the slaves who looked down on them. • And yet they did not look down on the social order—the hope and dream of one day they could own slaves, the pecking order—at least they were white • The one thing that unified all classes together in the South was the perception of race
  15. 15. The Peculiar Institution • Only existed in US, Brazil, Cuba and Puerto Rico • Isolated the South from other northern states—as isolation increased so did the committed to defend it
  16. 16. • Within the South itself, the institution of slavery had paradoxical results— • Separated yet joined together—dependent on each other for survival • The institution was established and regulated by law with Masters having all the power and slaves powerless • A huge body of laws that governed the slaves: Slave Codes
  17. 17. No Typical Slave Style • Enforcement was spotty until Nat Turner • Even with slave codes in place, some slaves did acquire property, learn to read, marry…some lived in strict rigid condition, other given more latitude
  18. 18. • Life under Slavery Page 383 • Slavery in the Cities—slaves worked on contracts, hired out by masters, not supervised very much • Freed African Americans—about 250,000 in the South by 1860 • Slave Trade—deplorable, banned in 1808 but smuggling occurred • Slave Resistance
  19. 19. Culture of Slavery • Resistance was only part of the slave response to slavery—another was an elaborate process of adaptation—they developed their own unique culture with which they could sustain a sense of racial pride and unity.
  20. 20. Language and Music Pidgen-mixture of African words and English-Words like bogus, phony, gumbo, funky Cuisine—deep fat frying, gumbos, Music-yodeling, spirituals, the use of falsettos, the “call and response” pattern in sermons— music also served as a means of communication, jazz, the use of drums and the banjo
  21. 21. Religion • Although a separate slave religion was not suppose to exist, all were mainly Christians with a mixture of African or West Indies influences—ex. Voodoo • Af. Am. Religion was more emotional, emphasized the dream of freedom and deliverance
  22. 22. Slave Family • Despite certain legal restrictions a “nuclear family” consistently emerged among slaves. They operated differently—black women began child bearing at a younger age, family ties were no less strong than those of whites. Extended families were distinctive characteristics of the black family and were “adopted” kinship • http://youtu.be/pDukq8npXBk •
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