Slavery During The Civil War South : A Harsh Or Benevolent System?

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Slavery in the pre-Civil War South: a harsh or benevolent system?
By Benen Dykstra
In the history of the United States the enslavement of African American people lasted from 1619 the thesis I intend to prove in this paper is that although the system of slavery in the Southern United States was a harsh system it was beneficial to the development of the Southern economy. Before the Civil War in 1861 slavery was a very common practice is states such as Kentucky or Alabama. Southern farmers produced cotton and traded it with the northern regions of the United. With the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 the need for slave labour expanded and on some farms a master could own as much as 50 slaves. The growth of cotton in the South made of more than fifty percent of the economy. If it was possible to hire white farmers to harvest the cotton I’m sure they would have done so but cotton took a long time to grow in fact it took too long for many farmers to stick around. The cotton that was grown in the south would either be traded with the north the northern United States economy was based on industry and hiring skilled laborers and they did not require slaves which is why the north was so angry with the south.
The topic of whether or not slavery was a harsh or benevolent system has been a question that has been asked for many years but the answer all depends on who you ask because if you were to ask a slave owner how he or she felt about slavery they would likely say “This is…

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