It seems from a broader point of view that the North has gone through so much just for the Southern states of America to exist. It only makes sense that Northern leaders would feel angry and betrayed by hearing that those states that they have worked so hard to establish now want their own sense of independence. At the same time however, the South had more of a need for slaves than the north did. The agricultural part of the South employed slaves to tend the large plantations and perform other duties. Slavery was a natural part of the Southern economy even though very few of the population actually owned slaves.
The United States changed dramatically in a very short time after the Revolution, the transition was not an easy one, militarily, politically, and culturally. Socially, the new emphasis on egalitarianism and individual rights changed the relationship and roles. America’s call for freedom from British oppression while still being a slave society was undeniably ironic, yet, the Revolutionary movement initiated serious consideration of the issue of slavery. Both Americans and the British made various arguments concerning the irony. As slave-owning and slave trading were accepted routines of colonial life, slavery would play a central part in the language of the revolution.
Morgan, “Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox” 1. What does Morgan suggest about the relationship between slavery and freedom? In his opening thesis, Morgan suggests American freedom, and slavery, American in this case, contradict each other. It is illogical for a people to strive for freedom while, simultaneously, holding people hostage as slaves and taking away those same liberties they hoped to gain. Morgan suggests that, to a degree, Americans actually bought freedom using this same slave labor.
Slavery in America’s South : Implications and Effects The institution of slavery in America’s southern states was based primarily in economics rather than some inherent adoration of the practice itself. When the Mason-Dixon line was created in the 1760s, Eli Whitney’s revolutionary cotton gin (which would eventually solidify slavery in the South) has not yet been created. Still, despite this fact, there were lines being drawn between the more industrial-based economy of the North and the agricultural economy of the South. Slavery formed the backbone of the South economically and as it became more widespread after Whitney’s invention, it became just as much the political and social basis of Southern identity as well. Although there are cases
Therefore the South and their political leaders were promoters of slavery. One of the most adamant pro-slavery politicians was John C. Calhoun. Calhoun even believed that slavery was actually great for slaves. The census of 1840 and other records showed that, northern states had abolished slavery. Needless to say, Calhoun was determined to make slavery legal in the new states, and believed that the north had motives behind their intentions to do otherwise.
The Arguments of Social Acceptance of Slavery in the South: The Influences of Slave Culture on Southern Culture The United States, throughout its turbulent, but tempestuously significant history, has always attempted to foster worldviews that presume a humane and natural construct for a given action; regardless of the actions impact or acceptance in its morality for humanity. This idealism has never been more realized, as it has in the constructs that articulated the “natural” worldview of the institution of slavery by the South in the mid-1800’s. Social acceptance of the institution of slavery by the south in the 1800’s gave in to an iniquitous way of thinking that was fostered as acceptable through a shifting religious worldview, created out of a social construct in cultural pacification, and relegated by economic need in sustainability for the South’s cash crops. In the following essay, the argument of the institution of social acceptance of slavery in the South will be discussed to introduce a shifting cultures’ premise for facilitating immorality that was perceived by the South as the composition of solid morals. However, through this examination, the southern worldview of the institution of slavery will also develop into a shift of the southern culture by their own created institution of slavery, which in turn will leave the South with much more than their antiquity and shifted religious worldviews for economic need, and, instead, a cultural transformation that will overshadow the history of the institution of the slavery composition forever.
If the existence of slavery in the South was not the major factor that led to the Civil War, the issue that did lead the South to choosing to secede from the union was whether new states would have slavery or not. 5. After the civil War was over and the slaves were freed, the south enacted The Black Codes to keep African
Slavery has become a popular discussion after the civil rights movement because it has been allowed and more socially accepted to deal with the issue. Before slavery was a popular discussion, Indentured Servitude is what used to be discussed and has now been replaced with the topic of slavery. Slavery is considered the owning of another human being. Being an indentured servant was kind of like a trade. What we do not know is that slavery and indentured servitude are very closely related on a continuum of coerced labor.
According to Bowles, 2012, slavery began the civil war which led to further violence which in turn led to segregation. But just because this was the end of slavery, does not mean that the military leaders nor politicians can change the ingrained cultural beliefs of a people. The country was split between the North and the South; Northern white and in the Southern Blacks. African-Americans such as Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and even more recent Barrack Obama have made significant steps to improve and even stop segregation. According to Bowles, 2011, American History 1865 to present End of Isolation, The Black Codes codified some of these feelings into law when in 1865 southern state governments created legislation that restricted and controlled the lives of the ex-slaves.