Ap World History Dbq Slavery

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Slavery was a main contributor in the South in the 1800s. African Americans were enslaved in large plantations growing cotton, instead of tobacco. Slavery was the same old story it was in the 1600s, barely anything had changed. Slavery was the dominating reality of southern life in the antebellum period due to economical, social, and political reasons. Before the American civil war, the Southerner’s economy had almost entirely been constructed on slave and cash crop agriculture. The cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney. The cotton gin was a contraption that transmogrified the fabrication of cotton by significantly making the task of removing seeds from the cotton fiber faster. The invention benefitted the slaves because it saved the slaves …show more content…

Southerners produced more than 50% of the entire world’s supply of cotton. About 75% of the luxurious cotton supply came from Southern states. According to a chart on slavery and cotton production in America, cotton and slavery are directly proportional (Doc B). For example, in 1840 the number of slaves in America was 25,00000 slaves, while the number of bales was 125,0000 bales. Another economic reason that made slavery a dominating reality of Southern life in the antebellum period was slave auctions. On the auction block, families were often sundered, due to economic reasons. These economic reasons included insolvency or the segregation of “property” among successors. The separation of families was one of slavery’s biggest psychological nightmares. The poster from 1823 promoted a slave auction (Doc A). The point of view of the poster is in favor of slavery. In this poster, the slaves are described in terms of their capability to do tasks. Slaves would be inspected like an animal by potential buyers. Potential buyers would have slaves open their mouths, and would also prod them with sticks. The younger and healthier the slave was, the more expensive he/she …show more content…

Slavery was demeaning to the victims. Slaves were declined the right to an education because reading brought visions, and visions led to dissatisfaction. Many states passed laws stating slaves didn't have a right to an education. At the beginning of the Civil War, perhaps 9/10 of the slaves were illiterate. Also, black slave’s marriages were rarely legally recognized, due to the ineluctable separation that would come at the slave auctions. Slaves didn't have the right to vote. Lastly, slaves didn't have the ability to testify in court. This is shown in a petition by Arthur Lee Freemen. Freemen begs the General Assembly of Virginia (audience) to let him stay in the same state with his wife and four children. He doesn't want to seek a new living in a new country away from his wife and kids. Freemen’s petition most likely was ignored by the General Assembly of Virginia, because slaves weren't able to testify in court. Virginia’s General assembly wanted to kick out Freemen because he was a free black, and free blacks were physical examples of what could be accomplished by emancipation and hence were begrudged and abominated by supporters of the slave system. Free blacks were still enchained to slavery because even after they established their lives, they were forced to move to other states due to slavery. The former slave owners still saw the free black as a slave,

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