'The Delicacy of the Subject': Creating a Proslavery Argument at Antebellum Emory 公开

Jamieson, Patrick Carter (2011)

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This thesis explores the ideological defense of slavery at Emory College between 1834 and 1861.
Emory's intellectual investment in slavery and southern politics is apparent through what
professors lectured, wrote, and privately thought on race, slavery, and eventually, secession.
Emory impressed upon its students a proslavery ideology which evolved with and paralleled
proslavery thought across the South. I trace such thought both in the curriculum and in the
public and private discourse-diaries, letters, student essays, newspaper articles, and other
published materials-of students and professors. By approaching the college through these
sources, I provide a unique understanding of how slavery, states' rights, race, and secession
played a role in students' education. I update the institutional history of Emory and identify a
new method of inquiry for exploration of the interactions between slavery and higher learning.
More generally, this thesis contributes to the historiography of antebellum college education and
student culture in the United States.

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Preface.......................................................................................................1

Introduction: Founding a College in the Proslavery South.................................4

Chapter One: The Clash Between North and South.........................................17

Chapter Two: An Education Fit for Southern Gentlemen..................................40


Chapter Three: Creating a Southern Worldview at Emory College.....................55

Conclusion: Dealing with Slavery in the Present.............................................80

Bibliography.............................................................................................83

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