This volume is part of the Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies, and the preceding paragraph is part of the official description. It is interesting to note how, a century and a half later, the South's "peculiar institution" has been sanitized so that one can speak calmly of "supervising increasingly restive slaves." Subjugation is redefined as supervision, as though this were simply some management technique, and what would be the contrast to restive slaves? Restful? Contented?
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The Confederate States of America was formed by the states that seceded from the Union in 1861 and was dissolved in 1865. Political thinkers in the South developed reasons for believing that slavery was not just an economic necessity but a moral virtue. Women have played important roles in American history from the earliest days, although they have not always been adequately recognized.