Eugene D. Genovese's 'Roll: The World The Slaves Made'

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Eugene D. Genovese was an American historian born in the year 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. During the 1960s he was probably one of the most controversial figures due to the fact that he had no issue stating openly that he was now only a Marxist but also a Socialist. One of his major interests or study was that of slavery within the United States and is best known for his book Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. He felt that the South during the antebellum portion of history exploited slaves and even went as far as to dehumanize them. Genovese also claims that the only way slaves could feel any form of humanity is through that of religion. In 1994 Genovese wrote the book The Southern Tradition: The Achievement in Limitations of an …show more content…
Conservatives can identify the Leftist elements within the South, while also observing how the Northern pressure was to shift more Southerners to the Right. Slavery transformed from an malicious thing in the eyes of Jefferson and Taylor to a more decent situation in the eyes of Calhoun. Genovese stats that Southern dissatisfaction with the policy of States’ Rights, which he suggests were simply a tactical position, not essential to the Southern tradition, which he also establishes it’s the incompatibility with that of the Constitution. A quoit that stuck out within this chapter can be found on page 67, “The constitutional theorists (Mason, St. George Tucker, Taylor, Calhoun, Upshur, Henry St. George Tucker, Bledsoe, and Stephens) could prevail in most of the battles in the textual and historical criticism of the Constitution, much as the proslavery theologians could prevail in the debate over the Biblical sanction for slavery. But they could not refute the fundamental political premise laid down by the Marshall Court and elaborated in Story’s Commentaries – the premise that the Constitution, to undergird a modern republic, had to facilitate capitalist

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