Chapter 16: Diving Further into American Slavery Essay

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As a struggling country, America’s south discovered slavery as a way to gain financial stability. Except, slavery grew into much more than a need for money. It became a social thing and also a controversial topic among politicians, especially with the emergence of abolitionism. Even after slavery, it became a great learning opportunity to ensure that it never happens again. A vast majority of slaves were tormented and abused by their owners and/or overseers. The rights of a slaver were limited for they had hardly any legal protection except for some from murder or cruel and unusual punishment. Although, cruel and unusual punishment would not have been considered the same way that it is considered modernly, this still gave the slaves a …show more content…
Finally, slaves were a spiritual bunch. They sang religious songs while working and passed down biblical stories. It was something for them to hope and hold onto. Family and social life of slaves was important to them. Slavery, although frowned upon in today’s society, was still a positive good for America’s growth as a country economically and socially. For example, the southerners argued that it sustained their economy and allowed for them to achieve higher in life and that the slaves were treated better than immigrants that sought work in the north. Also, slavery made a push for the American Civil War. Although morally wrong, slavery provided America with a way to grow as a nation. As seen, America took this opportunity, or at least the South did, but in the same, the North did little to counter it. One positive good of slavery that the southerners swore by was that they were able to spend time on other things. In other words, slavery propelled the South’s economy. This allowed America to grow both socially and economically. Socially because whites did not have to spend as much time laboring and could instead have more free time to expand socially. Slavery enabled many to take advantage of the lack of work. Economically because the slaves were the root of the laborers and cotton (which slaves picked) was the major cash crop of the South. Slavery created a monopolistic economy in the

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