Limit search to available items
Book Cover

Title Sons of the fathers : the Virginia slavery debates of 1831-1832 / edited by Erik S. Root
Published Lanham : Lexington Books, [2010]
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xi, 347 pages)
Contents Something must be done -- First day of debate -- Second day of debate -- Third day of debate -- Fourth day of debate -- Fifth day of debate -- Sixth day of debate -- Seventh day of debate -- Eighth day of debate -- Ninth day of debate -- Tenth day of debate -- Eleventh day of debate -- Twelfth day of debate -- Thirteenth day of debate -- Legislative petitions -- Related speeches and other documents
Summary "Erik Root's book, Sons of the Fathers explores the Virginia Slavery Debate of 1831 1832, conducted in the House of Delegates. This is possibly the greatest debate to have occurred in any southern state before the Civil War. The speeches in this book provide, for the first time ever, an unedited version of that debate where many of the sons of America's Founders deliberated over the necessity of emancipating the slaves in Old Dominion." "In August 1831, Nat Turner led the most successful slave rebellion in America's history, killing some 60 men, women, and children. This insurrection provided the historical backdrop to the proposal for a gradual emancipation plan. The forces for emancipation, led by Thomas Jefferson's grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, were defeated in the course of the debate as the members of the House of Delegates rejected that it was a necessity to free the slaves. As a result, rift between what is now Virginia and Western Virginia developed, never to heal. Some in the debates believed slaves had the same rights as every human being. Those who balked at emancipation diminished slavery as an "evil" and came closer to the view that the slaves were mere property. They affirmed that the slave was property and rejected the natural rights grounding of the Founding. In this collection of primary source material-which consists of the speeches made public to the press and the people-the reader will be able to decide just how close the emancipation forces attached themselves to the "laws of Nature and Nature's God." The reader will also be able to decipher how far many Virginians departed from not only the Declaration of Independence, but the Virginia Declaration of Rights."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Slavery -- Political aspects -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Slavery -- Virginia -- Justification -- Sources
Virginia -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865 -- Sources.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Root, Erik S.
ISBN 0739141732 (electronic bk.)
9780739141731 (electronic bk.)