Chapter 11- South, Slavery, and King Cotton

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The development of southern industry:

lagged behind the north

The South’s population:

had a high proportion of native-born, both black and white

By 1860, slavery was most concentrated:

in the Lower South

Life in the Old Southwest was characterized by:

lack of women

Slaves forced to migrate to the Old Southwest were particularly despondent over:

the breakup of family ties that resulted from the migration

By 1860, the significance of Britain to the southern economy was based on the fact that:

Britain was a major importer of Southern cotton

The rapid expansion of the cotton belt in the South:

ensured that the region became more dependent on enslaved black workers

Most southern men prided themselves on adhering to a moral code based on:

a prickly sense of honor

The frequency of dueling in the South was probably caused by:

southerner’s exalted sense of honor

To be called a "planter" one had to:

own at least 20 slaves

Most slaves in the Lower South:

labored on large plantations

The Plantation Mistress

generally confronted a double standard in terms of moral and sexual behavior

On a plantation, the position responsible for managing the agricultural production in every way was the:


Poor whites were often employed as:

day laborers

Approximately how many slaves lived in the South in 1860?

4 million

The rules that governed virtually every aspect of slave life were known as:

a slave code

Slaves living in Southern cities had a much different experience from those on farms because:

they were able to interact with an extended interracial community

Why were slave women valued by slave owners?

their ability to reproduce increased the number of slaves owned

By the 1830s, most Baptist and Methodist in the South:

defended slavery

Slave religion:

mixed African and Christian elements

In an attempt to prevent slave rebellions, southern whites:

they met any sign of resistance or rebellion with brutal response

The slaves revolt led by Nat Turner:

killed more that 50 whites before it suppression

Why was organized resistance to slavery by slaves risky?

southern whites possessed overwhelming authority and firepower

A typical form of resistance pursued by slaves entailed:

malingering, feigning illness, and sabatoge

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