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Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South

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Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South - Genovese, Eugene D., and Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth
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Slaveholders were preoccupied with presenting slavery as a benign, paternalistic institution in which the planter took care of his family and slaves were content with their fate. In this book, Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese discuss how slaveholders perpetuated and rationalized this romanticized version of life on the plantation. Slaveholders' paternalism had little to do with ostensible benevolence, kindness and good cheer. It grew out of the necessity to discipline and morally justify a system of ...

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Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South 2011, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107605022

Trade paperback

Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South 2011, Cambridge University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781107011649

Hardcover