Throughout the years, there have been many influential acts and laws passed through our government. The Thirteenth Amendment which states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” (history.com) has so impacted our nation that we still see its effects in our lives today. It has played a huge role in shaping our country into what we are today. The Thirteenth Amendment provided hope and stability to our nation and African Americans alike, after coming out of a long war and an even longer battle with slavery. Slavery was introduced into the Southern colonies around the time that Jamestown was settled. Many people became enslaved, especially African Americans. They were brought to America by force when people in the colonies needed free labor. As the years went by slavery continued to grow and expand along with the nation. In 1793, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. It was designed with such small slots that when cotton was pushed through, the seeds were left behind. This created a demand for even more slaves in the South, as they now needed them to plant, cultivate, pick, and ‘gin’ the cotton. It seemed most obvious to get more African Americans. Around this time people were also moving westward past the Mississippi River, which raised the question of whether slavery should be allowed in the West or whether it should be outlawed. This seemingly small question grew and spiraled out of control until our nation was on a crash course for war. By the mid-1850s the North had begun an Industrial Revolution that employed many people into factories. The South, who had rema... ... middle of paper ... ...been allowed from the beginning. If we had not gone through the Civil War, or had even found anything wrong with slavery in the first place, our nation could be something completely different. Works Cited Battle on Fort Sumter, S.C., 1861. N.d. Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. . Boorstin, Daniel J., and Brooks M. Kelley. A History of the United States. N.p.: Prentice-Hall, 2002. Print. Newman, Roger K., ed. The Constitution and Its Amendments. Vol. 3. New York: Macmillan Reference, 1999. Print. Pendergast, Tom, Et Al. Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning. N.p.: UXL, 2001. Print. "Thirteenth Amendment." History. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. . Vile, John R., ed. Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues 1789-1995. N.p.: ABC-CLIO, 1996. Print.
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The reason why slavery spread into the cotton kingdom after revolution is because the tobacco income plummeted as white setters from Virginia and Carolinas forcing the original Native Americans inhabitants farther and farther west where they established plantations. The wide spread use of the cotton gin invented by Eli Whitney in 1793, made these cotton plantations more efficient and profitable. Around 1820, slavery was concentrated in tobacco growing areas of Virginia, Kentucky along coastal region of South Carolina and Northern Georgia and in 1860s it spread deep in the South (Alabama, Texas, Louisiana) following the spread of cotton.
Vile, John . A Comparison to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments. United States of America: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006. Print.
Slavery started in the year 1619 in the Northern American colonies and continued to grow
Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793 The gin could produce more than 50 pounds of lint per day. Cotton production in the South rose 380% in the 20 years from the introduction of the cotton gin. Cotton was the dominant crop in the South. Cotton helped the textile mills of the North to flourish. It also made cleaning faster and easier. Dur
By the year of 1860, the North and the South was developed into extremely different sections. There was opposing social, economic, and political points of view, starting back into colonial periods, and it slowly drove the two regions farther in separate directions. The two sections tried to force its point of view on the nation as a whole. Even though negotiations had kept the Union together for many years, in 1860 the condition was unstable. The presidential election of Abraham Lincoln was observed by the South as a risk to slavery and many believe it initiated the war.
As requested by the committee chair, I have examined the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments of our Constitution. It is imperative for the participants of the Constitutional Convention to update, and furthermore, enhance the Bill of Rights. The amendments were created with a valuable perspective on individual rights in the 1700's. Today, in 2010, our country has developed in the use of language, our principles, and our overall society. After close examination of the amendments, it has come to my attention that they no longer read to today's society. Essentially, I would like to continue the amendments using the same guidelines our forefathers used centuries ago, but include new aspects updating the Constitutional Amendments to reflect our current nation.
Sundquist, James L. "Constitutional Reform." Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Ed. Leonard W. Levy and Kenneth L. Karst 2nd Ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA, 2000. 650-651, Gale Virtual Reference Library
We live in the 21st century, where most Americans mind their own business but take for granted our God given rights. Not only God given rights but also those established by our founding forefathers. This paper will illustrate and depict the importance of the original problems faced when adopting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It will discuss the importance of the first amendment, the due process of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and the 8th amendments. Last but not least the importance of what is known as the “second Bill of Rights” (14th amendment).
On September 17, 1787 a total of 39 men signed a document that would change the United States’ future for forever. This, now historic, document incorporates citizens of the United States’ rights and the ability to secure these rights. 229 years later, this government archive is still protecting and maintaining our country's government and people. From every bill being passed through the House of Representatives to regulations of punishments on convicts, the Constitution covered most rights given to the people of our country then and still does today. The Constitution still is a viable document, which makes it applicable in today’s issues.
The south, which was mostly agricultural, depended on the production of cotton. It was very important to their economy. Before Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin was used throughout the south, the United States produced about 750,000 bales of hay in 1830 (How the Cotton Gin). By 1850 it had increased to 2.85 billion bales of hay (How the Cotton Gin). Most of this was in the south because it had the weather conditions needed for cotton to grow. In 1793 Whitney saw the difficulty of taking out cotton seeds by hand (Cefrey 10-11). He decided to create a machine that could clean cotton faster than a human could. The Cotton Gin made the processing of cotton much faster and quicker. As a result of this, land owners were now able to have large cotton plantations across the south (How the Cotton Gin). Southerners were becoming wealthy very fast because of the cotton gin. Eli Whitney’s invention of the Cotton Gin made cotton the South’s main crop making more slave labor needed and political tensions rise.
Jordan, Terry L. "Amendments to the Constitution." The U.S. Constitution: and Fascinating Facts about It. 7th ed. Naperville, IL: Oak Hill Pub., 2009. 45. Print.