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By Nicolas W. Proctor

The hunt, just like the church, courthouse, and kin, performed an imperative function in southern society and tradition throughout the antebellum period. despite colour or classification, southern males hunted. even supposing hunters consistently well-known the tangible profits in their mission―meat, hides, furs―they extensively utilized the quest to speak rules of gender, race, category, masculinity, and group. looking used to be a great deal a social task, and for plenty of white hunters it grew to become a drama during which they can reveal their skill for mastery over ladies, blacks, the flora and fauna, and their very own passions.

Nicolas Proctor argues in Bathed in Blood that simply because slaves often observed white hunters into the sphere, whites frequently believed that searching used to be a very powerful venue for the demonstration of white supremacy. Slaves interpreted such interactions relatively in a different way: they remained involved in the goods of the quest and regarded the hard work played on the behest in their proprietors as a chance to enhance their very own situation. no matter if got as a gift from a white hunter or because of their very own independent―often illicit―efforts, online game supplied them with an incredible supplementary nutrition resource, an merchandise for alternate, and a degree of autonomy. via sharing their worthy assets with different slaves, slave hunters additionally bolstered the bonds inside of their very own group. In a society predicated upon the consistent degradation of African american citizens, such uncomplicated acts of generosity turned symbolic of resistance and had a cohesive impression on slave families.

Proctor forges a brand new figuring out of the importance of looking within the antebellum South via his analyses of a wealth of journal articles and personal papers, diaries, and correspondence.

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65 While the Virginia legislature tightened restrictions on hunting in the tidewater, a second set of defenders of Chesapeake wildfowl emerged. Encouraged by the reports of plentiful game that appeared in the sporting Bld FINAL 01(1-36) 11/9/01 6:24 AM Page 31 Game, Landscape, and the Law  press, hunters from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis began expanding their areas of operation. Drawn by the promise of good shooting but lacking political influence in Virginia, and perhaps even targeted by certain residency laws, these hunters developed a capital-intensive strategy of game conservation.

Various geographical features that discouraged the development of market agriculture allowed some southerners to preserve something resembling a frontier way of life in the heart of the South. Often referred to as the “backwoods,” these areas included the highlands of the Appalachians and the Ozarks, swamps like the Everglades, the Okefenokee, the Great Dismal, and the Atchafalaya, and various pieces of marginal land like sandhills, pine barrens, and wiregrass. 35 Slaveholders railed against backwoodsmen in their letters, essays, and books, but few openly challenged backwoodsmen in the field or the courts.

65 While the Virginia legislature tightened restrictions on hunting in the tidewater, a second set of defenders of Chesapeake wildfowl emerged. Encouraged by the reports of plentiful game that appeared in the sporting Bld FINAL 01(1-36) 11/9/01 6:24 AM Page 31 Game, Landscape, and the Law  press, hunters from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis began expanding their areas of operation. Drawn by the promise of good shooting but lacking political influence in Virginia, and perhaps even targeted by certain residency laws, these hunters developed a capital-intensive strategy of game conservation.

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