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CHAPTER 11 Panic and Boom 1837 – 1845 “Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in a government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau “If Christ should appear on earth he would on all hands be denounced as a mistaken, misguided man, insane and crazed.” “I believe the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things.” “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.”
“Americans love their country not as it is but as it will be.” Foreigner Francis Grund “Why Lizzie, thee will make us ridiculous.” Lucretia Mott
“You cannot outlaw one part of the people without endangering the rights and liberties of all people. You cannot put a chain on the ankle of the bondsman without finding the other end of it about your own necks.” Frederick Douglass “This young boy [Nat Turner], by the time he was eight or nine years old, had memorized the entire Bible.” Stephen B. Oates “The mistress of a plantation was the most complete slave on it.” Susan Dabney Smedes “But southern court records, newspapers, plantation diaries, and slave memoirs reveal that sadistic slave punishments were frequent and harsh.” Faragher text
Ralph Waldo Emerson “If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.” “We are always getting ready to live but never living.” “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.... To be great is to be misunderstood.” “The power of Love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried...” “There will always be a government of force where men are selfish.” “As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.”
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Chapter Review Explain the events and the consequences of the series of financial panics and depressions that plagued the U.S. economy beginning in 1837. Trace the ongoing ferment for social change and self-improvement that characterized the decade of 1835 to 1845. Explain the focus on abolitionism that dominated the late 1830s. Describe the lives of slaves in the 1830s as well as the attitudes of white Southerners regarding slavery. Outline the perils and the potential of continuing westward expansion. Explain how the presidential election of 1840 illustrated the transformation taking place in American politics. How did slave owners justify slavery and how did their defenses change over time?
3 Interpretations of the “Peculiar Institution” 1.Slavery as a relatively humane and reasonable institution helping childlike slaves 2. Slavery as a harsh and cruel system of oppressive exploitation 3. Viewed from the perspective of the slaves: brutal treatment but survived with sense of self-esteem, community and culture The first two interpretations emphasized work day interactions, the 2nd focused on life in the slave quarters from sunup to sundown
Rationalizations – positive good to necessary evil Biblical Curse of Cainn Old and New Testament Historical Egypt, Greece, Rome Legal Constitution Missouri Compromise Scientific Environmental factors Created separately [polygenesis] Allston: “The educated master is the Negro’s best friend upon earth.” George Fitzhugh: “the Negro is but a grown child and must be governed as a child.”
Concepts Horace Mann, public education Samuel F. B. Morse Brook Farm, New Harmony Cult of Domesticity Temperance movement Grimke sisters Amistad Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass Transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau Daguerreotypes Manifest Destiny Lowell, Rhode Island system
Brer Rabbit and Brer Wolf Frog and scorpion, boiled frog syndrome Task system [rice] v. gang system Maroon colonies, Los Folkloristas song 40% of free blacks were mulattos compared to 10% of total slave population drapetomania - “the disease causing Negroes to run away” Life expectancy: 21.4 black / 25.5 white (1850) [Your text says white life expectancy is in the 40s] Gary Wills: “the slave power” politically Stanley Elkins – Sambo v. Jack, Nazi prison camp experiences
Harriet Tubman After fleeing from slavery in Maryland in 1849, Harriet “Moses” Tubman, standing on the left, risked reenslavement by returning to the South on several occasions to assist other slaves in escaping. She is photographed here with some of those she helped free.
Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman stands beside a chair while clad in a long dark dress.
The scars from a whipping on a slave's back A black slave displays disfiguring scars on his bare back from whippings.
The Spread of Slavery: New Slave States Entering the Union, 1800-50 Seven slave states entered the Union after 1800 as cotton production shifted westward.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882 – The Song of Hiawatha, Evangeline
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804 – 1864 – The Scarlet Letter 1850
Frederick Douglass After escaping to freedom in 1838, Frederick Douglass became a commanding figure in the abolitionist movement. His speeches denouncing slavery were fiery and eloquent.
The American Anti-Slavery Society The constitution of the AASA from its founding convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833.
The Drunkard’s Progress From The Glass To The Grave By the 1840s, the temperance crusade had become one of the most significant reform movements in America. This illustration graphically suggests the perils of alcohol.
Woman at Spinning Wheel A painted figurine of a woman sitting at a spinning wheel, ca. 1850-1870, Salem, Massachusetts.
The Growth of Cities, 1820-1860 In 1820, most cities were clustered along the Atlantic seaboard.
The Growth of Cities, 1820-1860 By 1860, new transportation outlets—canals and railroads—had fostered the rapid growth of cities in the interior, especially at trading locations with access to navigable rivers or to the Great Lakes. Much of this growth occurred in the 1850s.
Moral Lessons Moral Lessons such as this one for boys at play filled the page of the McGuffey’s readers. Richard Nowitz Photography
Nursemaid Especially on large plantations, slave nursemaids cared for the young children in the white planter’s family. From the Collection of the Louisiana State Museum
I. Economic Crisis and Innovation President Martin van Buren faces a financial crisis Supreme Court hands down ruling that changes how business operates Railroads become main form of transportation as Americans become more connected
II. Life in the New Slave South African American families develop networks of “fictive kin” to counteract pressures of slavery Most slaves work in fields, where conditions vary greatly Both Whigs and Democrats support slavery in the South, but the parties’ constituents are vastly different
III. Reform Takes Root Public education gains support Movement against alcoholic beverages grows Abolition remains strongest reform movement
IV. Development of an American Culture Transcendentalism emerges as a new cultural movement American popular culture includes such different areas as painting, writing, and public entertainment
V. The Transformation of American Politics Campaigns become a major part of America’s entertainment, and the new emphasis on informal issues helps elect William Henry Harrison Harrison’s death from pneumonia brings John Tyler to the presidency, to the displeasure of almost everyone
VI. The Challenge of the West California and Oregon become “The West,” and many Americans begin to migrate westward “Manifest Destiny” is used to describe God’s plan for Americans to inhabit the continent Two major issues dominate 1840s: slavery and statehood for Texas