While there is plenty to discuss why this was the cause of the war, the differences between the North and the South go much deeper then the question of slavery. Especially, since the Northern states tried slavery but it did not benefit them as well as it benefited the South. The last use of slaves in the North ended before 1850. While, slavery did play an influence and will be discussed how it did later, it is important to dispel some myths that have been lost in translation over the past 152 years. To the average American today, when asked what caused the Civil War a majority will say, slavery was the immediate cause of the war.
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The argument could be made that any government that utilizes slavery is corrupt, therefore, at the time America was corrupt. It also had its focus on more important issues, such as forming and building a nation. As for Bacon’s Rebellion after the Colonists started to realize what had bee... ... middle of paper ... ...at of the Civil War Era the hardships were much the same. Slavery was also happening back when Bacon was still alive but it was just introduced and equality wasn’t even an idea back then. Slavery is still a really low social status so getting people together in both of these cases to fight for the same purpose is outstanding.
Furthermore, while the majority of workers lives may have been full of hardship, the industrial revolution created a middle class that would continue to grow as the advances in production continued to pill up. Which illustrates perhaps the most crucial difference from a slave and a worker – hope for the future. Industrial workers could hope to better their lives and that of their children through their laboring but a slave had no way of improving his lot. Slavery and industrial workers bear similarities because of the necessity for a hierarchy when managing large groups of people. Living with that hierarchy is a part of the price that must be paid to achieve the benefits of industrialization.
Huckleberry Finn remains one of the greatest classics of American Literature and although it is highly controversial due to racism, I do not find it to be a racist novel. As we look into the issues of racism in Huckleberry Finn we must first look at the time and setting of this book. Twain wrote this book before the Civil War and during slavery when black people were known as property rather than people. Twain displays the truth about slavery, including issues that surround it such as runaway slaves like Jim. There were many slaves that escaped by running away and a countless amount that attempted to run away due to their harsh living conditions.