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The South was an agriculture-based society that “flourished” off of slave labor; on the other hand, the North was an industrial region, which implemented the idea of paid labor. Conflict between the North and the South began to arise, however, when each of their economic needs threatened the other region’s needs. During the early nineteenth century, the North and South were both moving towards mass production; the North relied on their industries and factories, while the South relied on the plantations that were springing up all over. Since its colonization, the South has been a region with a society based on agriculture. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, cotton had become the main harvested crop in the area.
With the invention of the cotton gin many plantations moved from their other crops to produce cotton. With more and more plantations growing cotton it increased the need for cheap labor which involved the slaves. The South soon became a one crop economy and depended on cotton and therefore on slavery. The South believed that slaves w... ... middle of paper ... ...th the election of Lincoln. They believed that he was on their side and would help abolish slavery.
We in the South survive through an agrarian economy, using slaves as the labor system for our cash crops including tobacco, sugar, rice and cotton. Thanks to Eli Whitney the creation of the cotton gin cotton has been made commercially. Southern cotton accounts for forty percent of all American exports; that is a significant percentage. We help make up the American economy, and without the utilization of slavery this would never be possible. Yet the Northern people have moved towards industrialization in an effort to move away from Southern domination of exports.
At the end of the 1820s Augustin Smith Clayton of Athens constructed a cotton mill near his hometown, hoping to prove the protective tariff that subsidized northern industry at the expense of southerners unnecessary. Augustin Smith Clayton Two of Georgia's important politi... ... middle of paper ... ...ustrial manufacture. Others created industries ancillary to ongoing textile industrialization, such as bobbin mills and foundries. The thirty-year cycle of boom and bust in Georgia's antebellum textile industry proved that the success of southern textile mills was inversely related to long-term trends in the price of cotton. When agriculture suffered, mill building flourished.
Southerners said that slave owners provided shelter, food, care, and regulation for a race unable to compete in the modern world without proper training. But after the American Revolution slavery really died it the North, just as it was becoming more popular in the South. A surge of democratic reform swept the North and West. There were demands for political equality and economic and social advances. The Northerners goal... ... middle of paper ... ...o succession but none were as big as the slavery issue.
This paper will explore the way that economics, previous compromises, changing social mores and values, and the nature of politics laid a foundation for the continued regional conflict which eventually resulted in the Civil War. The economic aspects often come in second to morality when discussing slavery in the South’s plantation economy, but they are worth considering as they are fundamental to why slavery as an institution became so hard to dismantle. Slavery kept plantations partially immune from market fluctuations. Having no labor costs allowed the Southern, less diversified economy to be competitive with the North and European countries. For this reason, slavery became a crucial factor in keeping many industries viable and profitable, including primary and secondary manufacturing, transportation, shipping, and public sector jobs such as infrastructure construction (Starobin, 1970).
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Time will inevitably change everything. That being said, more than roughly a century and a half ago the institution of racial slavery was a heavily debated societal issue, which led to the Civil War. It is my own personal opinion that slavery is best defined as the absolute ownership of another human’s life as personal property, and this practice of racial slavery served widely as one of the only means for economic prosperity throughout the Deep South. Wealthy plantation owners, subsistence slaveholding farmers, and even northern abolitionists who were involved in the purchasing cotton from southern slave states and weaving that cotton into clothes for sale benefited economically from slave labor. This unique American practice of forced labor was especially horrific compared to other forms of slavery because it targeted a specific ethnic group to be human bondservants who were typically indebted for life to masters, while dehumanizing everyone of that same ethnicity in the process.
This caused Whitney to believe that the goal of his invention took a wrong turn. Eventually, the overwhelming desire for more cotton slowly became a southern wide trend by reason of multiple purchases of land in order to produce more cotton for an economic benefit. Another tragic part about c... ... middle of paper ... ...that African Americans have today. All in all, agricultural diversity in the south was mainly revolved around the slaves who became valuable property to the slave owners due to the increase in economic activity that they produced during the need of labor force. Cotton was the primary crop of the Old South as a resultant of the development of the cotton gin which made the production less difficult for the plantation owners to develop wealth.