Slavery During The Civil War Essay

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Slavery has unfortunately become embedded in the fabric of American history. Slavery was a large part of America from the beginning of American history up until the civil war and some historians would even argue that it caused the civil war because it led to the separation of the North and South. The documents I chose to analyze were, “South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond Instructs His Overseer on Running the Plantation, c. 1840s” and the summary on chapter 12 that explained how agriculture and slavery in the south during the mid 1800s were intertwined. These documents depict how changing times in American history affect the slaves. I chose the first document because it was a primary document that gave me insight on how plantations in the South would treat their slaves from the perspective of a Governor in South Carolina and I thought to related well to chapter 12 summary which gave insight on how the cotton gin changed the way slaves were treated just when people began to think that slavery was on the verge of dying out. Slavery became apart of the Southern culture and their way of life in many ways and this led to southerners protecting their rights to own slaves against criticism from the North. This eventually led to a gradual divide between the North and South and eventually the civil war. The first document I looked at was “South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond Instructs His Overseer on Running the Plantation, c. 1840s.” The Governor himself wrote…

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