Through his incredible array of sourcing that includes both primary and secondary sourcing, there is much to take away from this book that previous works do not include. While there are brief areas of criticism that can be stated about this book, Walter Johnson provides the literature of the Old South with a comprehensive, yet a refreshing take on the importance and devastation of
American History Assignment # 6 What were some of the key characteristics of the Antebellum South? Why were these significant? The colonies along the east side of United States during the “plantation era” became known as the New England, the middle and the southern colonies.
According to Politidou, “before 1967 interracial marriages were illegal in sixteen states and children born of these unions were regarded as illegitimate” (13). One of these sixteen states was Mississippi, which the speaker indicates that there is something wrong in this place making use of a pun with the State’s name. The wrong thing was that African-descent people were treated as second-class citizens and that they did not have the same rights as white citizens in this place. Furthermore, for the population of this place an interracial marriage went against all the social precepts that were established. Consequently, the Trethewey’s
With the invention of the “cotton gin” and other inventions like it, it caused the demand for slaves to go up and to man these machines. The crops they grew in the South were tobacco, rice, sugar cane, and indigo. These were mostly the "big money" crops sold. Near some of the bays in the South, they gathered fish, oysters, and crabs. They also grew cotton as it was a promising crop, but it was difficult for them to get out the unnecessary parts.
Have you ever wondered how life was for the slaves in the South? Slaves in the South suffered through many consequences. For example, they suffered through many whippings with cow skin if they didn't obey their master, they also got separated from their family mostly the fathers, so, they can be sold to a very mean slave owner. Even if they were living a miserable life on the farms, they had their own culture and they managed to even get married in the farmland or where they worked.
Gadsden County was established in 1823, and quickly attracted plantation owners and farmers because of its agricultural potential. Shortly after their arrival, Quincy flourished into a prosperous community, living off of the successes of the locally grown tobacco. Slavery rapidly became a principal cornerstone of fortune in Gadsden County due to the demanding labor required in order to maintain a steady supply and demand for the outgoing tobacco. As a result of the need for slaves and free labor, “Gadsden became one of the five black belt counties (Jackson, Leon, Jefferson, and Madison) in North Florida in which slaves accounted for half or more of the population” (Hobbs, 33). With this in mind it is critical to point out that it is at this time when the establishment of structural racism and geographical containment begins in the city of Quincy.
To begin, the author commences the novel with the chapter “Back Country Survival”, a title parallel to its contents. In this chapter, the author uses Jackson’s adolescence to explain his desire for justice, as he lost his family to the War of Independence. It emphasizes the part in which his mother “”left her feverish son in bed and set off for Charleston”(Curtis 9), where she of course, perished. This
The impact of slavery on the Old South is a difficult measure to establish because slavery was the Old South. While the popular adage was “Cotton is King,” it was simply a microcosm of the delusion of the day. Truly, slavery was king. Slavery was the growing tension of the time, political catalyst and ironically crux of American power. To the masses, slavery was a social defining stance; the “peculiar institution” to some and a defining moral line to others, American life was changed depending on what view you took of slavery. No matter your stance at the time, one thing became clear: socially, politically and economically, slavery was the fabric of American success and gave birth to the Old South as we know it today.
So in the beginning of reconstruction, there was a crop failure because there were slaves, they all left. Once the slaves realized that it was difficult to find work most started sharecropping. So in conclusion reconstruction was semi-successful, the southern industry took a hit, but recovered, and southern agriculture barely
As Trethewey states “ my parents broke two laws of Mississippi” (l, 1), What she implying, her parents had to travel to a different state to get married and it was illegal for them to leave the state of Mississippi to get married elsewhere. In line 3-4, the poet breaks down the names "Mississippi” and “Cincinnati” bringing the acknowledgment that they are similar to “sin” and also the “Mississippi” is “Mis” which means "against." This makes one be able to conclude that what the person was doing is wrong (sinful) by the parents and the nations take and their actions of leaving Mississippi added to their wrong-doing.
Sources Analysis Freedom During the Reconstruction era, the idea of freedom could have many different meanings. Everyday factors that we don't often think about today such as the color of our skin, where we were born, and whether or not we own land determined what limitations were placed on the ability to live our life to the fullest. To dig deeper into what freedom meant for different individuals during this time period, I analyzed three primary sources written by those who experienced this first hand. These included “Excerpts from The Black Codes of Mississippi” (1865), “Jourdan Anderson to his old master” (1865), and “Testimony on the Ku Klux Klan in Congressional Hearing” (1872).
When Congress passed Amendments XIII, XIV, and XV the plan was to legalize privileges granted to all parties in the reconstruction process, and to make known consequences if not followed. Unfortunately these precepts were not strictly enforced and the white south reverted to previous behaviors. Conveniently Mississippi devised their own plan to control the lives of the black populace.
The South’s economy was built on agriculture, the soil that they used played a key part because they were able to grow lots of food and cotton. I know this because in Discovering Our Past: The American Journey, the text explains, “Why was there little industry in the South? One reason was because of the boom in cotton sales. Because agriculture was so profitable, Southerners remained committed to farming rather than starting new businesses.” This is a key difference between the North and the South.
Approximately three Southern states change their approach on forced labor without compensation, African American slaves would work for an amount of cash that was, generally, given to the masters of the slaves; However, some of these African American were freed and, therefore, kept all the earnings. In the mid 1800’s southern states, slavery was progressively headed towards salary base employment which would boost the states economically. Furthermore, Northern states were already using such economic structure to boost labor in the industrial region, which led to divide the country into sectors of specialized commodities. Southern state were no longer the only major contributor of economic growth, the Northern states were in large in foreign demands for cotton in the years of 1815-1843 as industries boomed in