The “Old South”: An Illusion of Unity. The “Solid South” has always been more fiction than fact—even in the years just prior to the Civil War. I. The Unifying Element: Slavery. Reason for slavery in the Antebellum Deep South Slavery in the Upper South
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The “Solid South” has always been more fiction than fact—even in the years just prior to the Civil War.
-- “Sold down the river”
-- “necessary evil”
-- “a positive good”
-- Cannibals All! Or Slaves Without Masters (1857)
--Richmond, Va. (1800): Gabriel Prosser
--Charleston, S.C. (1822): Denmark Vesey
--Southampton, Va. (1831): Nat Turner
-- “Puttin’ one over on Ole Massah”
-- Rescue of Shadrack (1851)
--A.M.E. Church (1816)