The Anebellum South

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Prior to the Civil War the antebellum South was structured by a class system. The particular class system used by the south was a structure of social rankings. Typically, this system was dependent on how much land, as well as slaves one owned. Then based off of those requirements there were then six specific classes that one would fall into.
For starters, the most elite and smallest of the classes containing less than five percent of the population were the aristocratic planters. The men of this group had large cotton plantations and they owned at least 20 or more slaves making them very wealthy figures. Due to their wealthy stance and the fact that they grew up with slavery they were able to become very influential, trusted figures to the
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This class was not able to vote since they had no land nor slaves. This was not fair to them because they greatly opposed the beliefs and ideas of the upper, wealthier classes. Many of the members of this class often became very sick and malnourished and died fairly young. Except, if they were lucky enough to avoid death they would have to settle for slave like jobs. The men of this class often had no families and had to rely on themselves to find a job and make income. Therefore, they often became white slaves in a sense because they would go and work for the Yeoman farmers or other upper classes. They would take labor intensive jobs just to make ends meet. However, if they did have families they would often send them off to work to try and support the family as…show more content…
The Freed blacks and slaves dis not like the upper classes or even the poor whites. They felt oppressed by the upper class and despised the poor whites for taking their jobs. Some of the freed blacks would flee to the north to be protected by the Emancipation Proclamation, but even in the north there was hostility regarding African Americans. So, many freed blacks stayed in the south because they had the chance to finally own their own land and could sign labor contracts to work for actual wages. Except, sometimes they would be kidnapped and forced back into slavery because many upper class whites felt they were not worthy of being in a social class nor free. Therefore, many freed blacks faced harsh treatments and did not have an easy life. The freed black population had to live in certain areas, could not vote, testify, nor attend school. Ultimately, for many freed blacks it felt like they were still slaves. The slave population was also not considered a real class and had their own struggles of working for the upper-class and not receiving any basic human
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