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Blacks in the Antebellum South (Research for Video Project)

List of articles, images, and websites which describes the life and times of blacks during the Antebellum South/Texas, and the effects it had on blacks.

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship Free Blacks in the Antebellum Period

Free blacks in the antebellum period were quite outspoken about the injustice of slavery.

Antebellum Period | HistoryNet

Antebellum Period summary: The Antebellum Period in American history is generally considered to be the period before the civil war and after the War of 1812, although some historians expand it to all the years from the adoption of the Constitution in 1789 to the beginning of the Civil War. It was characterized by the rise of abolition and the gradual polarization of the country between abolitionists and supporters of slavery. During this same time, the country’s economy began shifting in the north to manufacturing as the Industrial Revolution began, while in the south, a cotton boom made plantations the center of the economy. The annexation of new territory and western expansion saw the reinforcement of American individualism and of Manifest Destiny, the idea that Americans and the institutions of the U.S. are morally superior and Americans are morally obligated to spread these institutions.

ANTEBELLUM TEXAS (Primary Source 3)

ANTEBELLUM TEXAS. In the drama of Texas history the period of early statehood, from 1846 to 1861, appears largely as an interlude between two great adventures-the Republic of Texas and the Civil War. These fifteen years did indeed lack the excitement and romance of the experiment in nationhood and the "Lost Cause" of the Confederacy. Events and developments during the period, however, were critical in shaping the Lone Star State as part of the antebellum South. By 1861 Texas was so like the other Southern states economically, socially, and politically that it joined them in secession and war. Antebellum Texans cast their lot with the Old South and in the process gave their state an indelibly Southern heritage.

A Glimpse of Life on Antebellum Slave Plantations in Texas (Primary Source 2)

Conditions and living experiences for slaves on plantations in Texas.

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Slaves on plantation with cotton

Slaves on plantation with cotton
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Freed blacks in Antebellum Era

Freed blacks in Antebellum Era
Image for video project #3

A picture where its depicted a slave is begging his master to purchase him.

The dance of freedom [electronic resource] : Texas African Americans during Reconstruction (Primary Source 1)

The dance of freedom [electronic resource] : Texas African Americans during Reconstruction by Barry A. Crouch ; edited by Larry Madaras ; foreword by Arnoldo de León.