Slavery In The United States: A Narrative Analysis

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The moral issue of slavery in The United States was a problem for the nation was established. After expansionism and the idea of Manifest Destiny it became a major issue whether to carry slavery to the newly obtained territories. Slavery and the extension of it became a sectional problem creating tensions between the North and South that differed in opinion, that could never be relieved. Many documents were passed during this time period in order to relieve the tensions. The Missouri Compromise, The Compromise of 1850, The Kansas Nebraska Act, and other decisions were passed in the hopes of relieving tension. Despite the many efforts, none of the decisions that passed were able to prevent the consequence of Sectionalism which was of the Civil…show more content…
Thought The Unites States was a unified nation, there was a clear, visible contrast between its two parts. The development and foundation of the economy in the South and North were much different. The farming of cotton and other crops like tobacco was the bedrock of the southern economy. New inventions like the cotton engine developed by Eli Whitney helped the economy strengthened and contributed to its growth. The cotton gin made “Cotton King” ,which was the most valuable produce of the South. Frederick Olmsted, a Northern journalist, made a journey to the South in order to reveal the culture and how society is run. Olmsted wrote about the expansion of cotton as a growing crop and the expansion of slavery: “The proportion of the whole crop [cotton] which is produced in this region [Mississippi valley] is constantly and very rapidly increasing. This increase is chiefly gained by the forming of new plantations and the transfer of slave-labour westward”. The increase of plantations led to spreading slavery westward, which later became a major problem that the South had to dispute over with the North in the 1800’s. The North was a more industrialized and advanced region, which was undergoing many industrial and transportation revolutions at that time. The newly invented steam boat, canals, railroads, mills and big factories that hired thousands of people were the core of the Northern economy and were a huge technological advantage for the North. The North had a much bigger advantage not only in the economic region but also in population and its increase. Major cities like Boston, Philadelphia gre at least 25 percent each decade between 1800 and 1860. New York alone, grew from 60,000 in 1800 to 202,600 in 1830. Cities grew not only because natural birth but mainly because of immigration movements coming from Europe. Immigrants that settled the East

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