Morality Of Slavery

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In the early 1800’s came the rise of industrial revolution in America. Fueled by immigrant; the industrial revolution led to the creation of sawmills, the printing press, textile factories and most importantly the cotton gin by Eli Whitney which lead to the heavy production of cotton. With the production of cotton came a cost -The introduction of slavery- The United States was greatly broken up by the Civil War with different views on the morality of slavery, powers of the states vs. the federal government and the economic differences between the North and the South led to a great dispute in America known today as the Civil War.

The North and the South view’s on slavery differed dramatically. Torn between the morality of slavery, the North
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In the book “Cannibals All! Or Slaves Without Masters”, George Fitzhugh argues slavery is not oppressive and that it is actually beneficial to the blacks because “The women do little work, and are protected from the despotism of their husbands by their masters.” Fitzhugh charges at the Northern employers, claiming that a free worker is “more of a slave than the negro because he works longer and harder for less allowance than the slave.” (Document H). In document G, it backfires to what Fitzhugh claims about slavery and instead claims the African American view on slavery. Fredrick Douglas states that July 4th is not a day to celebrate freedom but rather it is a day where African Americans are reminded about the injustice in their country. “...The gross injustice and cruelty to which he (the slave) is the constant victim.” Douglas claims that “your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery” to the slaves that are forced into …show more content…
The North was very industrialized while the Southern economy depended greatly on agriculture and most importantly, “King cotton”. In document D, South Carolina senator James Hammond states that the South took the leadership role in the United States economy. “the United States exported in round numbers $279,000,000 worth of domestic. Of this amount, $158,000.000 worth is the clear produce of the South. (Document D)” Senator Hammond claims that if it wasn’t for the South producing cotton, the whole world would collapse including the northern United States. Southerners heavily depended on cotton, however cotton production in the South would have not been possible if it wasn’t for slaves. The Southern economy is based on one main resource, cotton. While the Northerners takes pride in producing a variety of things. If it wasn 't for the industrialized North, the south’s production of cotton would have not been possible. “We are compelled to go to the North for almost every article of utility and adornment, from matches, shoe pegs, and paintings up to cotton-mills, steamships (Document C)”. Hinton Helper states that the South has “no foreign trade, no princely merchants, nor respectable artists; that in comparison with the free states, we contribute nothing to the literature, polite arts and inventions of the age (Document C)”. Since the Southern economy is heavily dependant on cotton

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