Owners Book Recommendations

Owners Book Recommendations

A list of pro-slavery books that the owner endorses,
ranked from least recommended to most recommended.

(Clicking the titles will redirect to the full book)

An Apology for Negro Slavery or the West India Planters vindicated
from the charge of inhumanity – Gordon Turnbull, 1786

There were a very miniscule amount of 18th century works defending
slavery, as it was practiced in the West Indies, but this is a great example
of a long form work of high quality in that period. This work provides a
large number of persuasive citations, with regards to the happiness,
agreeableness, and mutual interests of the slaves and their masters.

Notes on the origin and necessity of slavery – Edward Brown, 1826

One of the earliest works written in 19th century America
defending slavery, written and published nearly a decade
before the Abolition revival of the mid 1830’s, good read.

Slavery and abolitionism: as viewed by a Georgia slave – Harrison Berry, 1861

An example of a rare Antebellum era work on slavery, which was written by a
slave and was not published by, nor for, abolitionists, an interesting read.

Cotton is King, and Pro-slavery Arguments – James Henry Hammond, 1860

The pro-slavery argument – James Henry Hammond, 1853

These works are two of the largest pro-slavery compilations to have ever
been published, aswell as being exceptional reads. They highlight great
works by some of the greatest pro-slavery writers, such as David Christy,
Rev. Thornton Stringfellow, Samuel Cartwright, Albert Bledsoe, & former South
Carolina Governor, and pro-slavery thinker James Henry Hammond; there are
many more excellent writers to be found therein. If you want two books with
the largest quantity of pro-slavery material these would be my recommendations.

Petition and memorial of David Quinn: asking for the
re-establishment of Negro slavery in the United States – David Quinn, 1866

One of the best post-war attempts to give the pro-slavery cause representation,
within the political and social dynamics of a defeated Confederacy.

Negroes and Negro “slavery” – Dr. John H. Van Evrie, 1861

White supremacy and Negro subordination; – Dr. John H. Van Evrie, 1870

This is one of the earlier works that I read and very much enjoyed. It is
the the apex of racialist, pro-slavery literature in both depth, and style.
Certainly it is in the discussion as to being one of the best works on
slavery. In modified form it was the last competent, long form defense
of slavery published in the 19th century, excellent read.

A defence of Virginia – Robert Dabney, 1867

A work written in the immediate post-war period, Dabneys’ book is
the last competent, non-fiction, original 19th century pro-slavery
work to be published, and should be read as it presents, with great
clarity, a true picture of the Antebellum and Civil War era Southland.

A South Side View of Slavery – Nehemiah Adams, 1854

An excellent exploration into the values, scenery, and cultural context
of the Antebellum south. Mr. Adams’ book was the first on slavery that
I had read which presented a perspective other than the tropes and false
conceptions of modern general belief, and contemporary abolitionist works.
It is what first provoked me to serious thought, as to the historical truths
and virtues of slavery. It, ultimately, did not convince me of the propriety
of the institution, however it did provoke a strong curiosity on the matter
that ultimately, through continued research, led to a pro-slavery worldview.

Thoughts on the Nigger Question – Thomas Carlyle, 1853

A unique work, that satirically opens with an imitation of the abolitionist rhetoric
of the day, fused with more descriptive illustrations of abolitionist hypocrisy, which
demonstrates the prioritization of the foreign, as a tool used by the political elite
to ignore, redirect, and placate the sympathies and concerns of the masses within
the United Kingdom. Carlyle turns his ire to a number of subjects in this work; the
primary recipients being the movements against a proper fixed religious, state,
and social order, abolitionists, racial egalitarians, economic reductionists, and
capitalists, while articulating his conception of the proper relation of the different
variations of mankind to one another.

Cannibals all! or, slaves without masters – George Fitzhugh, 1857

Fitzhughs’ second work is nearly as good as the first. He is
fortheright in his challenge to Abolitionism, the defenders
of Capitalism, and free trade, highly recommended.

Sociology for the South; or, The failure of free society
– George Fitzhugh, 1854

If this work was not written this website would not exist, and my
worldview would, in all likelihood, never have been shifted to
a pro-slavery perspective. This is the most important book I
have ever read and the apex of pro-slavery literature. Fitzhughs’
critiques of free society, liberty, liberty oriented idealism, the
American Founding Fathers, and Capitalisms’ relation to the
sociology, cultural stability, and collective well being of a
people are eternally relevant. This great piece of literature
cannot be endorsed more candidly, if you read one thing
featured or endorsed on this website please read this book.

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