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The Impacts of Slavery

“It is evident as the sky is blue that Slavery had some of the greatest impacts on the social life of the nation”.

As the century leading to the Civil War unfolded, America strived in many categories, and yet crippled by their differences. It was in 1831 that many Americans came to acknowledge the impact of Slavery on the country, thus many were willing to resolve the matter and put the popular, but nonetheless horrid, practice aside. Slavery alone had a great economic, political, and social impact on the American continent, which only foreshadowed what to emerge the latter half of the century. The South strived under Slavery, economically, in that the richest named counties of that time were all of the South. In addition, Cotton, a prominent crop grown in the South, realized a lot of profit for the Country in general. In sight to protect their way of life, the South ultimately held different political views than the North. Socially, the south was only a sense of direction rather than a place, but in response to Slavery, that distinction was made to describe the southern states, which had different political, economical and social, as well as moral views and ways of life.

Economy in the South was rather different than it was in the North, due to Slavery. There were great advantages to owning slaves in the South, however, up to half of all plantation owners did not have to use for them or could not afford them. Cotton was the staple King crop of the South, and with slaves working as field hands, the profits just came in like rivers emptying out into the ocean. In addition, of course they found versatile use of slaves in the sense that they were not only used for Cotton, but while Cotton was not harvested or did not need to be tended to, they grew corn to supplement their wealth. While the North on the other hand saw the need for slave something rather historic. The industry sector strived in the North. In fact, about 9/10 of the nation’s industrial capacity was in the North. And with the profits that the south made from cotton, they could easily afford the products of the northern industries.

Politically speaking, the North and the South stood divided. The South feared protective tariffs, and started the doctrine of nullification, which gave individual states rights over the national government. Rather, Slavery had a more important role in that play. The Southerners enforced strict codes on the Slaves, and they like little or no government interference in their works. Slave rights diminished in the South while the North worked towards abolition movements. In fact, after the Nat Turner uprising, many boarder states sought for a resolution, and the only that was apparent to them was abolition. Even though the idea was disputed over, in the end, the South won the effort into maintaining the status quo.

It is evident as the sky is blue that Slavery, unlike many other things, had some of the greatest impacts on the social life of the nation. Education was on the decline in the South, while the North established government-funded public schools, and many public libraries. In the South, however, slaves were not encouraged to be preached to because many thought that they might find scriptures from the bible to use against the idea of Slavery. Thus, education was not offered, nor was it allowed to the slaves of the South. The wealthier lads who could afford higher educations were usually sent outside of the South, to some fancy institution. They did not like change, unlike the North, which was rather always prepared and ready for innovations. The Northerners were much more sympathetic towards the slaves, but in the South, slaves were either working hard or they were hung on a tree. Ultimately, there became such distinctions of North and South because slavery existed, and either parties held opposing views on the matter. Before this time period, “south” simply designated a direction.

While slavery did more than is mentioned, it was generally a driving force in early American life. It affected the nation as a whole socially, economically and politically in very distinct, but related aspects. Almost everything that happened, there always remained the distinction of North and South, and we can all owe it to Slavery.

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