Slavery : Cause And Catalyst Of The Civil War Essay

1443 Words Nov 11th, 2014 6 Pages
In Southern history slavery has been of mammoth economic importance. The South used the slaves in growing cotton. The cotton picked by the slaves made up over 80% of the exports from America (U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Slavery: Cause and Catalyst of the Civil War, 1). The cotton export was the most important business in America, for both the south and the north. Slavery was one of the most cost effective means of production to earn money in a labor intensive environment, and without slavery the great wealth of this country couldn’t be obtained. (“Causes of the Civil War,”5/19/2014). The money the south earned from slave labor paved the way to ignite the Civil War, this happened because the more money the south earned, the more they wanted slaves, to perpetuate their accumulation of wealth and power. We must learn the history of slavery in the south to prove that this phenomenon is the cause of the Civil war (“The Cause.” The Civil War. Station.1861). The story of slavery shows how the slaves came to the new world, and how they were treated as subhuman and as a mean of production, in building our nation. Slavery in America began 1691. A Dutch ship dropped anchor off the coast of Virginia, the sailors were hungry so they made a trade. Offering, African slaves in exchange for food from the nearby Americans. This was the start of many events that led to the South breaking the Union apart. As Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederates…

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