This chapter seemed more like a recap of the political history behind American slavery. It talks more about how effective slavery was as an industry and how the United States used its government to maintain slavery. It also discusses some of the main players politically at the time like Andrew Jackson and John Calhoun and how their political doings maintained the institution of slavery.
This chapter, Blood, represents a departure from the rest of the chapters we have read. This section was much more of a narrative than past sections, giving detailed information on the period from the end of Andrew Jackson's presidency to just after the Mexican American War. This servery like content is included to highlight the process in which the US continued to expand, and slavery expanded along with it. As stated at the end of the chapter, prices for slaves was on the rise, which meant there was less supply than there was demand, due to the fact that places (Texas primarily) now had a demand for American slaves and were producing American cotton.
Think in terms of the Panic of 1837. How does that impact the cotton market and the slave owners? How does it impact slaves?
This chapter summarizes historical events regarding the politics of slavery. It explains how politics drove slavery forward during this time, and it describes the impact of the markets on slave culture and ownership. It also explains how the cotton planters reacted to the crash of the economy in 1837.
After the bank failure and many farmers and slave owners being indebt, white slave owners began to see just slaves as a form of money and would sell them off to the highest bidder to try and pay off their debt. The title, I think, refers to blood ties like family, many people had lost their family members, due to being sold, therefore family and blood was very important to spaces during the time.
In chapter 8, the author discussed a wide variety of topics around slavery. It gave a lot of background information about the brutality of slavery, banking concepts and even foreign policies. The main topic was slavery's expansion into Texas and how the economy crash affected the industry.
By the 1800s, slavery had become an integral part of the US economy. And as slavery became increasingly synonymous with money, the idea that slaves were property instead of human beings increased as well.
The chapter's main point seems to be around the meaning of blood links (family) within slavery. The author points out multiple times how male slaves were willing to protect their kin. The chapter also dives into the Panic of 1837 and how the market crashed (lots of debt).
In this chapter the author reviews political and economic expansion along with the expansion of slavery. This chapter provides context to how slaves were perceived: as an asset and nothing more. When the economy expands, so do the slaves. It is extremely important to at least be aware of this perspective to attempt at fully understanding the social, political and economic climate of this time period.
The chapter begins by addressing the poor conditions and the brutal treatment of slaves. It explains how slaves were treated as property and how this effected the economy at the time. It goes on to address the political history during this time and how the crash in the economy effected slavery. The author ends with the central argument surrounding family ties, as he explains the effect of kinship in slavery.
The need for cotton increased which in turn made expanding slavery more important. As slavery expanded the amount and variation of torture began to change. Rather than whipping or using violence as torture, en-slavers would split families up dehumanized the slaves. It is important to notice that while being violently tortured the slaves had a reason to look past the pain for their family, but by taking away their blood relations it took away their sense of purpose and meaning.
In this chaper there were major agruments being focused on. To begin, the cotton production started to collapse. Which meant slavery would now expand. Families ties were literally torn apart, many were sold throughout the south and east. It showed how families would hold onto this sort of hope because that's all they had. As a result the cotton production later increased as hoped. Blood, sweat and tears is what many slaves dealt with. In addition, whipping which was a brutal act was enforced. This was a way of continuing to dehumanize the blacks. As well as making sure salvery remained and more power was gained among the whites.
This chapter, Blood, is about the loss of familial ties between slave families in the New South. focused heavily on the cotton market bubble and its crash in 1837, due to deregulation, over-speculation and supply exceeding demand. Many slave-owners used their slaves, along with other property, as collateral for their debts, and so once the market crashed, debtors were forced to relinquish their assets to the courts. This resulted in slaves being sold, bought, and redistributed all over the South and slave families were forcibly separated on a mass scale. This commodification dehumanized slaves to a new level, and the breakup of families took away the last place slaves could find solace in their lives.
This chapter started by addressing the brutal methods of torture that were used by enslavers. It then moved on to talk about the increase in cotton production which in turn created a need for the expansion of slavery in America. This expansion circled back to these methods of torture which became drastically more brutal. Slaves were able to deal with this torture by holding on to their family relations but as families began to be split up, there was no longer any hope to hold on to.