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Fredrick Douglas, leader of the abolitionists movement states, “Right is of no sex-truth, is of no color-God is the father of all of us, and we are all Brethren” (“Knowledge is the Pathways from Slavery to Freedom”). Before the Civil War, slaves lived under a brutal and inhumane environment. This would all change when the War ends, and slavery would be abolished. Events leading up to their freedom showed slaves barely managed to stay alive day after day. The invention of the Cotton Gin, the treatment of slaves, and the creation of the Underground Railroad caused many slaves to escape to freedom. It affected them positively and negatively. In 1794, a man named Eli Whitney publishes his new invention of the cotton Gin. It was a machine that allowed short-staple cotton to be grown all over Georgia, along with other states in America. Whitney made it possible to separate seeds from the cotton in just a few quick minutes (Kelly). The people admired him because they no longer had to spend hours upon hours separating seeds from the cotton. Eli quickly became known not only for the invention of the Cotton Gin, but also increasing the number of slaves. Eli Whitney was one the leading causes for an enlargement in slaves. Since the Cotton Gin produced so much cotton in a much quicker time, slaves were needed to produce cotton. More and more salves were being used for labor on the plantations (“Slavery in Georgia, Our Georgia History”). Slavery became so large that even white plantation owners would steal from other owners. They became mad and branded slaves with iron (Kane). The life of the plantation was far from any fairy-tale. Slaves that worked on the plantation were extremely mistreated. Owners thought of them as “property.” They ... ... middle of paper ... ... Maryland puplic Television. 2014. http://pathways.thinkport.org 5 Feb. 2014. “How Slaves Lived.” 2012. http://www.historyonthenet.com. 8 Mar. 2014. Martin, Kelly. “The Cotton Gin in American History.” www.about.com. 13 Feb. 2014. “Knowledge is the Pathway from Slavery to Freedom.” NY Times Magazine. American Minute, 7 Feb. 2014. www.nytimes.com. Feb. 2014. Kane Matthew. “Slave Facts.” 2001. www.homepage.ntl.world.com. 16 Feb. 2014. “National Geographic, The Journey.” 1996-2014. http://www.education.national.geogrpaihc.com. 2 Feb. 2014. ‘Slave Facts.” 2001. www.brainyquote.com 8 Mar.2014. “Slavery in Georgia, Our Georgia History.” 2001. www.ourgeorgiahistory.com. 15 Feb. 2014. “Treatment of slaves in the U.S.” 2014. www.en.Wikipedia.org. 8 Mar. 2014. Williams, Michael. “Underground Railroad.” The African American Encyclopedia. 2559-2563 Volume 9, 2001.
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