African slave trading became the main problem dividing Americans, and could even of been a factor of many, which led to the American Civil War. Why did the South not abolish slavery altogether? It wasn't as simple as that; slavery was crucial for economical, political, social and even religious reasons; of which the greatest was economical. Slavery was vital to the Southern colony's continuation of economic profit, and therefore was chiefly economically based. The conditions of the Southern colonies were much suited to plantation agriculture, which provided the basis of the South's wealth.
Slavery and the Old South are tied together like peas and carrots. The Antebellum South had a symbiotic relationship with slavery from its very onset. Starting with indentured servants it was then picked up by African blacks brought into the colonies by ship. The relationship with slavery was ingrained into the country side by the planters who used slaves to farm cash crops of tobacco and then cotton. This relationship along with southern nationalism eventually leads the newly formed nation into a bloody war that masqueraded as States rights battle, but really was about slavery.
Joined by about sixty other blacks, he led a general revolt. Within days, militiamen suppressed the revolt and Turner was ironically hung in Jerusalem, Virginia. Many took different steps in the fight for equality. Nat Turner, a religious leader among his fellow slaves, become convinced he had been chosen by God to lead his people to freedom. Leading a revolt, he and five other slaves killed their master and his family.
With little room for any profits, this became the new slavery. To purchase anything extra that the sharecropper required, the owner of the land would provide the c... ... middle of paper ... ...ng the status quo begin to lead to change. Sharecropping and the Jim Crow laws reflected the power and ownership the whites held over the black people. The short falls of respect between the societies forced change. Black American’s in the south were striking at the core of white supremacy.
Moreover, Farmers, planters and merchants in the American c... ... middle of paper ... ...f indenture servitude to slavery had begun, but it wouldn't be until the Slave Codes of 1705 that the status of African Americans would be sealed. In 1705, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law which transformed black indentured servants into slave the Virginia Slave Act of 1705 destined black men, women, and children to a lifetime of slavery, even if their service for indentured servitude was near ending. The colonies fearing the up rising of slaves led to the passing of a series of laws that limited slaves behaviors. The laws were known as slave codes. The slave code officially transformed the ones indenture servants to slaves.
Though, in its infancy, the North accepted slavery and practiced its use, it was the South that delved deep into its practice. The majority of the North did not approve of slavery culminating in the introduction and passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The South remained opposed to the notion of releasing slaves. The South depended on slaves to work on their plantations and provide free labor to ... ... middle of paper ... ...the South to maintain its economy and way of life without the use of slaves was the focal point of their defense. Southerners were desperate to keep slavery intact for future generations and the North was determined to see its end.
Slavery as we already know is the act that enslaved and servitude Africans as the property of others. Now that we know what slavery is, let talk about the history of slavery and how this era of history came to be such an impact on the lives of these individuals. Slavery was something occurring worldwide throughout history, but America wasn 't hit with this era until the early Colonial when the country was going thorough economical change. The early 17th century is when signs of slavery started to be notable in America. Africans captured and enslaved were shipped to America for the slave trade getting ready to hit the ground there.
The Battle of Gettysburg is a famous battle in the American Civil War (1861-1865) that took place in southern Pennsylvania from July 1 to July 3, 1863. The main issue of the Civil War is the expansion of slavery into federal territories. The Northern states fought to abolish slavery and free the slaves from the Southern plantations. The Southern states built their economy on the plantation crops of cotton and tobacco. Plantations thrived in the South with the free labor of slaves, and the Southern economy would collapse if slavery were abolished (Benson).
William Freehling said, “Posterity thinks of slavery as the South’s leading economic interest” (239). The Northern states were against slavery but they did not realize what it would do to the South when slavery is abolished. “The Southern economy, however, was built on the labor of the African-American slave, who were oppressed into providing cheap labor.” (History Central, web) This paper will allow us to look at the complete economics side of slavery and what effect it would have on them. History of Slaveries start in the South The Dutch West India Company was commissioned “to supply the colonist with as many Blacks as they conveniently can.” (Morison 75) When the South started to be developed in 1625 when The Virginian Company said, “Any Englishmen who agrees to take out at least 250 people at his own expense was allowed to choose … 1250 acres or more” (Morison 54) This is how the Plymouth Colony was started. These men were not blue-collar workers, for they had money and position.
The white man used religion and other institutions in order to justify slavery in the south. According to historians, slavery existed in the south because of the economical situation. However, this does not explain why Africans were enslaved in America. The desperation for people to work the fertile land of the south called for the need of slaves. In Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky the plantations grew tobacco.