Slaveholding, Southern Politics, and Secession

Slaveholdings of the Political Elite, Lower South, 1860

 

 

Questions to Think About

  1. Were Southern politicians more or less likely to own slaves than other white Southerners?
  2. Were higher-level politicians more likely to own slaves than other politicians?
  3. What do these facts suggest to you about the nature of the Southern political system?

 

Timing of Secession

Questions to Think About

  1. How uniform were the proportion of slaves in the population and the proportion of whites owning slave across the South?
  2. Was there a relationship between the number of slaves in a state's population and whether and when it seceded from the Union?

 

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