Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department


Reader 1

Dion Scott-Kakures

Reader 2

Rita Roberts

Reader 3

Rivka Weinberg

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© 2013 Peri Tenebaum


An exploration of self-deception in proslavery arguments in the antebellum South. This work explores how proslavery theorists were able to support slavery despite overwhelming evidence that slavery was immoral. By using non-intentional self-deception, slavery supporters tested their hypothesis that slavery was good in a motivationally biased manner that aligned with their interests and desires.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.