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This dissertation examines the cultural and educational history of central Missouri between 1820 and 1860, and in particular, the issue of master-slave relationships and how they affected education (broadly defined as the transmission of Southern culture). Although Missouri had one of the lowest slave populations during the Antebellum period, Central Missouri - or what became known as Little Dixie - had slave percentages that rivaled many regions and counties of the Deep South. However, slaves and slave owners interacted on a regular basis, which affected cultural transmission in the areas of religion, work, and community. Generally, slave owners in Little Dixie showed a pattern of paternalism in all these areas, but the slaves did not always accept their masters' paternalism, and attempted to forge a life of their own.
"Stone's study of life on the peripheries of slavery -- both literally and figuratively -- enhances our understanding of slavery in the American South."
-History of Education Quarterly
Introduction. 1. This Place Called Little Dixie 2. Home and Community 3. Religion 4. Slaves and Families 5. Summary and Conclusion