Why Is Slavery Wrong

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“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong” (Lincoln 1864). During the 1800s, slavery in the South was considered an important necessity. It was not seen as wrong because slavery was their source of income. However, it brought so much death and sorrow to African Americans across the United States. Slavery has always been one of the most shocking phenomena in our world. Nevertheless, slavery was a key component in the development of the United States.
Slavery started back in the 17th century when African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia in 1619 to help produce tobacco. Shortly after, slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies. By 1765, more than 500,000 slaves were living in the colonies during the American Revolution. Yet, after the end of the American Revolution in 1783, many colonists saw the unjust treatment that slaves received to their own oppression by the British, so they called for slavery to be abolished.
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The cotton gin triggered the South to use slaves in the fields, causing a huge transformation in the cotton industry. The growth of slavery rose drastically. African countries would sell thousands of slaves to the South. Soon, the South’s economy would depend entirely on slavery to grow their cotton industry. However, the North was based on manufacturing. The North would benefit indirectly from slavery because the cotton used to produce their textiles would be from the South. However, the North did not depend on slavery because they had other resources to help flourish their
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