Cotton Slavery Research Paper

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Whitney’s cotton gin made cotton production enormously profitable and created an ever-increasing demand for slave labor. By 1860, cotton had exploded across the South and clearly dominated the Southern agricultural economy. As a result of more cotton being planted, more labor was needed. In order to keep up with laborious demand, Southern planters transported hundreds of thousands of African-American slaves westward into the new cotton lands of the lower Mississippi valley and Gulf Coast states, where the planters used their social, political, and economic power to keep slavery legal. The South’s dependence on cotton production tied it economically to the plantation system and racially to white supremacy. Most slave-owners had few slaves and
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