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The Devil's LaneSex and Race in the Early South$
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Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.001.0001

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“The Facts Speak Loudly Enough” Exploring Early Southern Black History

“The Facts Speak Loudly Enough” Exploring Early Southern Black History

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(p.3) 1 “The Facts Speak Loudly Enough” Exploring Early Southern Black History
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The Devil's Lane
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Peter H. Wood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.003.0001

This chapter discusses that matters of race had always played a great part in the story of southern history. It explains that the public gains only glimpses of the early southern black history: white conservatives remained protective of the lingering myth of benevolent planters and incompetent Africans and a considerable number of African Americans, browbeaten by generations of white historical myth-making, were equally unwilling to re-open discussions of slavery times, fearing that their ancestors, rather than their oppressors, might once again be demeaned in the process. The chapter discusses events of black slavery and escape. It also examines the sanction of law put upon rebellious slaves. It explores the unforeseen dilemmas and significant gains brought forth by the maturing of early southern black history.

Keywords:   early Southern black history, African Americans, white conservatives, slavery

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