Being a leader was difficult if you were a slave. Especially if you had a harsh master, that would punish you for every little thing you did wrong. But there was still some who persisted though these harsh conditions. Those leaders helped inspire other slaves and grow the population of slave leaders in the south.
The South’s slave-based economy had limited their chances of becoming as economically successful as the North. Innovations in transportation and communication such as the steamboat, canal, railroad, and telegraph sparked the beginning of the market revolution. These new innovations made it possible for people to easily sell their products.1The market revolution promoted freedom, and gave people the opportunity to improve economically. They were provided with new ways of making money, such as creating their own businesses and giving them the privilege of liberty to live as
I find it very interesting that the southern colonies distinguished themselves from the New England colonies so early on. I never realized that the slave trade and the plantation class developed so early in American history and it’s fascinating that these differences eventually became large factors in the outbreak of the Civil War. The South’s cash crops required vast amounts of human labor and slavery was essential for the economic health of the southern colonies. Furthermore, this gives insight to the reason pre-Civil War era southern elites were so adamant that the South remain a slave society.
The South longed for slavery to be accepted into the constitution, as their cash crop economy thrived on the utilization of slaves. The abolishment of slaves would impact farmers in the south that produced massive quantities of cash crops. Prior to the
Slaves also did not have much freedom; therefore, they were not able to have the simpler life that the Europeans had. Slaves were bought and sold to the highest bidder which showed
Frederick Douglass is a renowned author of his autobiography and many other books throughout the years, but he didn’t start out that way. When he was born, he was taken into slavery, and worked hard day in and day out since he was a child. But, he ran away and lived a free life. Slavery was one of the many things Americans did wrong back in those times, and it is still going on today. There are many injustices in slavery and motivations that had made people want to join the abolitionist cause back then, but there is also some sensible age limit to children who will learn about Frederick Douglass.
That is why the invention of the “cotton gin” was very important for the South, as it helped them get out seeds faster than a slave could. Ten years after the invention of the “cotton gin”, cotton became the South’s most important
Meanwhile, the sharecropping system, essentially the legal form of slavery kept blacks tied to land owned by rich white farmers became widespread in the South. In many ways, Reconstruction can be considered both a success and a failure. It was a success due to the fact that it ended the separation for the North and South, and ended the South trying to separate themselves from the North. The successess and failures of Reconstruction hold many lessons for our own time. To conclude my thoughts, I think that one could argue both sides of it quite passionately.
The union who was of the north was for abolishing slavery which many felt were wrong even though they still didn’t consider them equal. The south was comprised of the confederacy which was a bunch of plantation owners who owned many slaves that tilled their fields. The north was losing at first two years after the start of the war the union allowed for runaway slaves and freed slaves to join its ranks. This was a major turning point now since white men fought alongside black men they were equal on the battlefield but not in pay. The union used the railway system they had to transport troops and food a lot easier than the south was able to.
With the fast growing of the cotton industry, plantation owners are expanding their profits, and increasing the use of cheap labors (slave labors). This a result further separate the North and South states. While the northern states economic depended on the industrial revolution such as factory and textile mills, the southern states were mainly agricultural dependency. Second reason the war broke out is because of the debates over slave and non-slave states
Both affect our everyday lives and well being. Slavery during colonial times forced African Americans to be taken from their homes and they were obligated to do hard labor with no pay. Slavery today is not to another person but to materials, this causes people to work long hours a week to spend it all on unecesary and expensive comodities. Another trait they have in common slavery is a social issue its’s the ideal that in order for things to run smoothly we have to earn money through tough labor, it’s the mentality that in order to sustain an acceptable society someone has to be working their entire life.
The writings by J. Vance Lewis show the ability of one individual who was able to overcome not only life and its challenges as a slave, but to persevere in the daily obstacles thrown at him to eventually better himself. Joseph Vance Lewis, as a slave, grew up in Louisiana on a plantation where life there was the only thing many knew. So when the freedom associated with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, allowed many slaves the ability to better their lives, they were unable to , as society had set them up to know only how to do things on the plantations and not in rest of the civilized world. The life, as Lewis knew growing up was full of “butterflies and mockingbirds where the skies were never cloudy. While those around him much older,
Even Though there have been many special days, the end of slavery is one of the best. Slaves worked and yield cotton. Slavery was a tremendous concept in America, and this concept was one of issues in the Civil War. Slavery is a special day for Americans and African Americans, because the Emancipation Proclamation was signed for the freedom of Slaves.