This discussion will require you to grapple with the complicated legacy of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. When you answer, be sure to refer back to your textbook so that you can use actual historical evidence to support your response.
Historians make careful distinctions about system of slavery throughout the human past, and have noted that, while there have been many “societies with slaves” (in which slavery existed, but it was not the central element of society), there are relatively few examples of “slave societies” (where slavery is the foundational stone of a state’s society, economy, and politics). The American South prior to the Civil War was one of those most vile slave societies.
Based on your reading of Chapter 11, what were the three most important reasons why slavery was accepted in American society, and why?
Source: Foner, Eric, et al. Give Me Liberty!: An American History. W.W. Norton & Company, 2023.