Cotton King Slavery

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It is no question that African Americans played a pivotal role in the founding of this country we now call the United States of America. America became a wealthy on the backs of African American women and men. In the late 18th century Americas older crops were depleting. Yet at the same time England began to have a great demand for cotton. Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin made it easier to produce cotton faster. This Industrial Revolution benefited the banks in the north and the plantation owners in the south. Cotton became “king” in American and African Americans were the driving forcing behind such an economic boom.
Before the invention of the cotton gin, picking and cleaning cotton and was a labor-intensive job. In 1793 when the
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The northern states had practically outlawed slavery by the 1820s. The southerners, on the other hand, were stimulated by the economic growth of the cotton profit. More slaves were needed as a result. While the north and the south had a difference of opinion on slavery status they had an entangled relationship. The north relied on the south for cotton for the textile mills, and the south slave economy was insured and transported by northern bankers.
With the grand production of cotton the abolishment of slavery was not on the horizon. As a direct result of the ‘Cotton King’ slavery was in full swing in the south. The population growth of slaves grew from close to 700,000 to nearly double the quantity. Slaves were bred and sold to keep up with the high demand for cotton.
Politically, as the U.S grew economically they figured out a way to keep it keep highest profit from slave labor. The U.S Constitution was ratified to make African slaves capital. The three- fifths compromise allowed plantation owners to count their slaves as three-fifths of a person for tax purposes. Slaveholders were taxed on the three-fifths principle, and no taxes paid on slaves supported the national treasury. The slavery system in the United States was very economical and
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The growth of slavery and cotton in the south was grand. Political conflict in the mid 1800s with new states and slavery status were also part of the problem, but once Lincoln held office it became evident that then north and the south had two separate agendas. The south viewed Lincoln and the northern states anti-slavery. There were high tariffs imposed on the cotton generated in the south. The emancipation of slavery fueled the Civil War. African Enslavement was at the core of success of cotton, yet with the slaves being free after abolishment there was bound to between conflict between the north and the south.
As a result of slavery ending ‘King Cotton’ was coined as a tactic used by the southern confederate states to prove that the south could succeed at seceding. If the south shut down the exportation of cotton to the northern states and Great Britain, then Great Britain would ally and support the confederate states. Because of the boycott the northern union blockaded the southern ports causing the south cease exportation thus losing revenue in the cotton

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