The Peculiar Institution of American Slavery

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The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submission on the other. Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson, 1782

I. Slavery's Economic Base

II. Slavery's Social Base

III. Abolitionist Responses to Slavery

IV. Southern Defenses of Slavery

Please cite this source when appropriate:

Feldmeth, Greg D. "U.S. History Resources" (31 March 1998).

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