Legality of Slavery from 1800 to 1865 Part One
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Legality of Slavery from 1800 to 1865 Part One

Between 1800 and 1865 slavery was defining the path of development that shaped the culture of the Southern United States. The economies and politics of the south realized the importance of controlling cheap and free labor to build the southern half of the nation.

Between 1800 and 1865 slavery was defining the path of development that shaped the culture of the Southern United States. The economies and politics of the south realized the importance of controlling cheap and free labor to build the southern half of the nation. At the same time society had to coexist with the dipoles of rich and poor and absorb the culture of African Americans gradually as so much of the weight of progression in the young nation was built on the backs of slave labor that was foreshadowed by the Revolution.

The period before the turn of the nineteenth century allowed many slave owners to carry on their businesses unaffected by outside influence. The revolution of 1783 was over. Slave owners dominated all three branches of the federal government (Finkelman, 24). With the trickling down of religion, politics, and attention from northern territories tensions were rising quickly. Southern political thickeners and everyday society were bewildered by the perceived arrogance and intrusion of the north into the southern way of life which was centered on slave labor. The social inequality of southern classes and northern onlookers created a harsh cycle of thought that began to create more and more clashes.

In the 1850’s the discussion or morality began to seep through southern states and created new pressures and movement to end slavery on the grounds of the unfairness and cruel nature of forcing workers to toil for no possibility of earnings or betterment in life. A collective summary of opinions the South was upset they felt like they were losing power in the ability to regulate their own laws but also the might of the free and cheap labor force that had been such a part of growing the economy. The collective work of abolitionists and human rights advocates was beginning to penetrate pockets of land owners to reconsider their treatment of their workers and salves.

The success of slaves through generations of tireless work the merchant class began to grow more productive in association with increases in technology and food production. As historian and author Steven Hahn relates, “everything produced in the south is tied to slavery directly or indirectly” (Hahn, 80). It would only be a matter of time until revulsion in a larger form was to come. The force that was driving the economy by laying the serious groundwork and undergoing violent obstacles could no longer be ignored for the achievements they were driving. The appearance of these differences became more public and frequent.

 

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Comments (2)

I would say it had a major hand in shaping culture long before 1800.

interesting write up here. Shared since I'm out of votes.

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