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Slavery on TrialLaw, Abolitionism, and Print Culture$
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Jeannine Marie DeLombard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830864

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887738_delombard

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The South's Countersuit

The South's Countersuit

William Mac-Creary Burwell's White Acre vs. Black Acre

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Slavery on Trial

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses William Mac-Creary Burwell's White Acre vs. Black Acre, a proslavery novel that relates with humor the history of the quarrel between the North and the South with reference to slavery. In this novel, Burwell implies that the antislavery movement is a threat to the ideal society of white racial unity and egalitarianism. He also rejects white abolitionists' self-representation as selfless advocates for the enslaved African Americans, revealing them as amoral exploiters of vulnerable blacks.

Keywords:   William Mac-Creary Burwell, White Acre, Black Acre, proslavery, antislavery movement, white racial unity, egalitarianism, abolitionists

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