Significance of Slave Revolts in the South

Slavery Research Project

Central research question:

What deeper significance did the impact of slave insurrections have beyond the mere brutality and bloodshed of the white slave owner?

Scholarly article analysis: The Journal of Negro History

      Slavery was a very oppressive practice against Negroes in the nineteenth century ante-bellum south. This author argues that the presence of slave unrest and the impact of slave rebellions were largely obscured and oppressed by the southern mans’ depiction of slaves to be docile and his lack of communicating the actual carnage of a slave insurrections. The author’s thesis is, “The romantic portrayal of ante-bellum society on the southern plantation, which depicts the rollicking black against a kindly patriarchal background, has tended to obscure the large element of slave unrest, which occasionally shook the whole fabric of a planters kingdom.” Slave rebellions had a greater impact than they were portrayed to have, this is because white southerners oppressed the spread of news concerning slave rebellions in order to lessen white southerners fears of uprisings. The rebellions actual results were distorted by depleting the number of slave rebellions that occurred, the number of casualties from slave rebellions and the destruction caused by slave rebellions. The author uses several quotes from white southerners to show their actual fears of the rebellions and several more quotes to show how they distort reality to lessen fear among other southern whites. The author uses this very strong quote to emphasize the white southerners fears, “folks was dreadful frightened about the niggers. I remember they built pens in the woods where they could hide and Christmas time they went and got into the pens, fraid the niggers was risin.” The author then uses a quote to show how southerners attempted to distort and reduce this fear as one militant apologist of slavery said, “although slavery has existed in our country for the...