Civil War Slavery

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Essay 1 Before the Civil War, the US was split into two regions, the North and the South. In the South the white Americans were split up into many different classes. There were upper class males and females who lived like royalty on giant plantations and then lower class farmers who worked their own small pieces of land for themselves and were almost entirely self sufficient. In addition there were white males who lived in the valleys between the Appalachians and were referred to as the “mountain men.” While these people played almost the same roll in society, there was a huge gap between the upper and lower classes and their lifestyles were very different, the upper class living in a more relaxed lifestyle and the lower class being more like …show more content…
Life for slaves was idealized as happy “darkies” playing the banjo and dancing and singing. In truth, life for slaves was terrible and a sad form of existence. Slavery was hugely popular in the South with 4 million slaves being present in the south. Plantation owners collectively spent 2 billion dollars on slaves. It became a measure of wealth with a slave costing as much as 1800 dollars. Slaves were considered so valuable that plantation owners would hire cheap Irish workers for dangerous work like blasting tunnels or draining swamps rather than risk the death of a slave. Life for slaves was bad, with no rights, education, steady families, or humane work. It had an impact on a black people’s mentality as a whole causing them to feel like less than human. This treatment also called many forms of resistance against their …show more content…
It all began when they Annexed Texas. The land that we always considered ours was taken away from us even though we told them we would begin a war if they annexed it. We tried to cut off all relations with them to avoid war but they poked the piñata with a stick. There was already some embitterment between our two nations because of a relatively small amount of money that we owed them but even they owed money to the British and to other nations. Then they tried to make deals with us even after we cut off our connections to them by offering a mere 25 million for our all of California and the territory east. We as is our right turned down the offer by not admitting the American, John Slidell, in to confer with us. They misunderstood this as an act of

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