The Ragged Road And The New Jersey 's Growing Industrial And International Economy

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In The Ragged Road to Abolition, Gigantino redefines the concept of slavery in New Jersey by describing how, despite being a northern state, slavery remained and expanded as their economy grew. He proves throughout his writing that slavery was always prevalent and prevailed over time despite abolitionist efforts. By doing so he shows how slavery evolved to fit the needs of the New Jersey’s growing industrial and international economy. Because of this new need for slaves performing a different type of labor, slavery continued into the early nineteenth century. New Jersey’s geographical location allowed slavery to expand over many years because of the transformation of their economy from being solely agricultural to industrial, overall with a motive for economic gain which greatly hindered abolitionists efforts. To begin with, slavery was not encouraged to end because of the great economic losses that came along with manumission which caused abolitions, such as Quakers, to rethink their motives. Although Quakers were known for their impact in the abolition movement, they themselves supported slavery by owning slaves. In their argument they said they supported abolition by using their paternal instinct to help guide them into freedom once their time came. But in reality their “fear of economic losses persuaded many Quakers to fulfill their abolitionist duty while maintaining the labor of their young slaves” pg 23. And so they supported gradual abolition in the sense that they…

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