The Economic Power Of Slavery Essay

796 Words Apr 30th, 2016 4 Pages
An Economic Power
Slavery was extremely important in order to grow the nation’s economy throughout the nineteenth-century. Slaves in the nineteenth-century would transform from primarily agricultural to a more industrial way of generating their income through cotton textile factories. These factories were the first factories of the industrial system, and were pivotal to changing the way people worked. Despite this, cheap cotton is the reason why these factories were possible. Thus, slavery had an immense effect on the growth of the U.S. economy.
Above all, cotton became the dominant driver of economic growth in early nineteenth-century America. In Edward Baptists “This Half Has Never Been Told” he argues that “The total gain in pro­ductivity per picker from 1800 to 1860 was almost 400 percent. And from 1819 to 1860, the increase in the efficiency of workers who tended spinning machines in Manchester cotton mills was about 400 percent. Meanwhile, the efficiency of workers in weaving mills improved by 600 to 1,000 percent.” Therefore, productivity of cotton pickers was almost that of someone working in a cotton factory. This helps to explain how the different methods of increasing productivity and increasing efficiency work together to create a more impressive economic change.
The textile industry in the U.S. began in New England in late eighteenth-century. Textile production was the first industry created. Creation of the mills further transformed into a new way that people…

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