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Legality of Slavery from 1800 to 1865 Part Two

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.

The social implications of slavery began to intertwine more frequently with economic followings. Poor white farmers were beginning to feel the hurt of increased taxes. The correlation between debt and the military began to draw people away from their homes and communities. In contrast to the factory system of the north, the agriculture of the south continued to drive wedges between the powerful land owners and the servants and slaves. The market oriented north felt superior in some circles to the slavery backed south. The comparisons began being made in public and drawing attention to the disparities. Legality of slavery began to change during the nineteenth century movements.

Ideology was reconfigured during this time because of the “humanitarian critique of slavery” at that time (Ford, 15). The dependency on slavery as a labor force was enough to deafen many of the most powerful ears around 1800 to consider the ends to a means a just cause.

The numerous petitions brought forth by the American Anti-Slavery Society spread alarm in the lower South and managed to convert sections of thought and begin debate that had previously been largely stifled. The pro slavery arguments became more economically under toned and less humanistic in nature (Finkelman). One of the rallying cries of such viewpoints was that the nation was still largely reliant on British goods and slave labor was one of the main methods of production of American made goods and produce.

The Dred Scott case helped solidify claims of the south to slavery as it was ruled by the Supreme Court that no one of African descent could receive American citizenship or rights. The collaborative nature of anti-slavery groups and African Americans developed strong cultural bonds. Mutual appreciation for shared heritage became a unifying point even for people from different emigrating nations. The bonding together of common allies blended cultures from Africa with their new American homes however humble they were. The sharing of stories, songs, and languages created interactions that would not have taken place with the instances of slavery. These social ties created an alliance for the common good that began to develop across the southern states.

The continuance of awareness and increase in debates brought forth dialogue that was kept under the rough during the 18th century. The cultural ties to become visible in society helped display the issue. The economic scale of southern plantations and productions made old habits die hard and hard heads refuse to see alternatives. The pressure of the northern territories to progress the nation brought new tensions between regions. Political powers made it difficult for society to make changes. The summation of all of these factors and implications slavery clashed frequently from 1800 to 1865 with the results changing the course of the United States,

Works Cited

Finkelman, Paul. Defending Slavery: Proslavery Though in the Old South. Bedford Press: 2003.

Ford, Lacy. Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question. Oxford Press: 2009.

Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black political Struggles in the Rural South. Harvard Press: 2005.

 

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as interesting as the first one, voting up..=)

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