47) Reluctantly, the slaveowner
relinquished his rights as Maria's master, but not before compelling her to exclusively sell his fish even as a free woman.
Yet hysteria over possible slave revolts did lead with some frequency to killings and whippings of white as well as black victims, including (on occasion) propertied slaveowners
While the slaves agreed with slaveowners
(and their supporters) on the importance of race, they arrived at their ideas about race by means of a different set of socio-psychological processes.
and slaves could behave in sinful ways, but their relationship did not necessarily constitute sin.
It is therefore not only the absence of the strong female "head of household" that distinguishes Nelson's situation from Willem's in Consecrated Ground: a significant part of Nelson's heritage includes both the culture and the bloodline of the plantation's white slaveowner
, and the accompanying complexities of relationships and alliances add depth and layered resonances to the character's psychology.
In 1864, a Republican President had won reelection only by leading the Party into a fusion movement called the "National Union Party," and by dropping the reliably anti-slavery Hannibal Hamlin from the ticket in favor of Southern Democrat and former slaveowner
They reverted to explanations about the decisive role of outside agitators, to the pernicious effects of French revolutionary ideology, to the miscalculations of slaveowners
, but rarely if ever to the will or power or consciousness of slaves themselves.
He does cite one memorable example of female taverngoing in which a slaveowner
, hunting for a runaway female slave, enters a Roxbury tavern where he reports finding "about a dozen black gentry, he's and she's in a room, in a very merry humour, singing and dancing.
It seems hard to explain how a slaveowner
like Thomas Jefferson could declare that "all men are created equal.
Louis Judge Luke Edward Lawless, a slaveowner
, presided over the probe of the lynching.
But as a slaveowner
, Weaver showed remarkable restraint, not once whipping a slave.
Two years later, Brown led another raid, in Missouri, where he killed a slaveowner
, liberated eleven slaves, and fled with the slaves to Canada.