Chapter 11. Life of the People in Antebellum Society. Prosperity in Antebellum Georgia. Antebellum, a word that means before the war. The antebellum period was a time of prosperity in Georgia. 1850s Georgia was called “Empire State of the South” Factors for economy Slavery Cotton.
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Life of the People in Antebellum Society
Initially, if slaves went to church at all, they went with their owners. Some worshipped secretly, looking for the time when they would be delivered from bondage.
Separate black churches – primarily Baptist- were found in some cities.
The African Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion denominations were started in the North and opposed slavery. There were few in the south before the Civil War.