Red, White, and Black

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The complexities of race effected the Jacksonian era through the shrewdness of the white man’s desires for economic expansion. Democracy, during its infancy in early nineteenth century America, considered all ‘people’ as equals. However, this designation of ‘people’ excluded African and Native Americans. The institution of slavery was a return investment venture for southern planters in their greed for the production of more staple crops. Many white Americans led extravagant lifestyles from the large incomes they received from the labors of their property. Also, the controversy over removing the Native American’s from their lands portrayed the voracity in which the European Americans afflicted upon the native civilizations during the antebellum United States. The Indian Removal Act and Slavery, together with all its conflicts, led to vile racial relations in the Jacksonian period and can still be seen in the twenty first century. The foregoing controversial events had a direct correlation to the economic development of the United States and led the intrinsic altruism inherent in democracies to a history set by inequalities of race. The proto-industrialization of the textile industry in the northern portion of America brought the onset of cotton as the king crop. Cotton was grown in the southern states and was the most valuable export commodity in the antebellum period. Plantation agriculture with its inherent system of slavery was utilized during the early nineteenth century to meet the growing economy’s high demands. The issue of race was connected to slavery as the easily recognizable color of Africans’ skin, which was used as an insignia of their oppression. Argued by Harry L. Watson, European races placed stereotypes on the ... ... middle of paper ... ... property was multiplied following the removal of the Indians from their native lands in the south. More slave property was demanded from southern planters from the newly acquired acreage from the controversial Indian Removal Act. The evils of expansionism further divided politics and caused many hard-felt relations among the races. Even though politicians worked hard to keep the race issue from the headings of political discourse, economic expansion was unavoidable. Slavery and the abstraction of the Native Americans was an overwhelming iniquity that ultimately caused the fall of the Union and fixed racial relations into an insoluble entity. (W- 57 & d- 3, 12, 13) Works Cited Watson, Harry L. Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America. New York: Bedford/St.Martin, 1998. ix + 262pp. Index, illustrations, selected bibliography
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