A Trace of the Development of Southern Nationality

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A Trace of the Development of Southern Nationality na·tion·al·ism (n sh -n -l z m, n sh n -) n. 1. Devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation. 2. The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals. 3. Aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination. The first successful colony in the future U.S.A was Jamestown, founded in 1607. The group was made up of townsmen and adventurers more interested in finding gold than farming. It was not long, however, before a development occurred that revolutionized Virginia's economy. In 1612 John Rolfe began cross-breeding imported tobacco seed from the West Indies with native plants and produced a new variety that was more pleasing to Europeans. Within a decade it had become Virginia's chief source of revenue. This established the south as a primarily agricultural region. In the south, the first blacks were brought to Virginia in 1619, just 12 years after the founding of Jamestown. Initially, many were regarded as indentured servants who could earn their freedom. By the 1660s, however, as the demand for plantation labor in the Southern colonies grew, the institution of slavery began to harden around them, and Africans were brought to America in shackles for a lifetime of involuntary servitude. In contrast to New England and the middle colonies were the predominantly rural southern settlements: Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. By the late 17th century, Virginia's and Maryland's economic and social structure rested on the great planters and the small farmers. The planters of this region, supported by slave labor, held most of... ... middle of paper ... ...rats, the decision was a great victory, since it gave judicial sanction to their justification of slavery throughout the territories. All the events and historical facts contained within this essay prove without a doubt that a sense of nationalism developed within the South because constantly throughout our nation’s history, events have occurred to create a rift between North and South. Constantly the South found itself on the defensive against various things that could be considered harmful to the very different southern way of life. This sense of nationalism can be associated undeniably with the Civil War. If there had been no such rift and sense of nationalism within the south, there would have been no war. This rift caused such differences in standing on issues between North and South that the two might as well have been enemy nations by the time the war came.

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