Slavery was such a massive and integral part of the Southern life during the nineteenth century. Many people heavily relied on slavery to propel their industries and business, and so the threat of it being taken away during that time period scared many plantation and business owners. The existence of slavery was so valuable and important to the continued development of the United States, that many people supported its continuation with moral, economic, and political arguments in that slavery was morally correct according to the Bible and the constitution, that eliminating slavery would also eliminate industries and businesses, and that free slaves would become violent and disorderly.
Many supporters of slavery claimed that owning slaves was
18 Critical Discourse Analysis
TEUN A. VAN DIJK
0 Introduction: What Is Critical Discourse Analysis?
Critical discourse analysis (CDA) is a type of discourse analytical research that primarily studies the way social power abuse, dominance, and inequality are enacted, reproduced, and resisted by text and talk in the social and political context. With such dissident research, critical discourse analysts take explicit position, and thus want to understand, expose, and ultimately resist social inequality…