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The Cotton Gin and Cotton Boom

The slave count in american grew largely in the span of 3 years (aka from 1790 - 1793). The main cause of this large demand for slaves was because of the cotton boom. A man named Eli Whitney invented a device named the cotton gin to separate the seeds of cotton from the raw cotton, thus revolutionizing the cotton production.

The Plantation System

The plantation system, is when land is divided into small units that have private owners. These plantation owners would often plant tobacco, sugar cane, rice, and most importantly cotton.

The South's reliance on slave labor

The south had a large reliance on slave labor, so slavery defenders would argue that an end to the slave economy would have an intense economic impact in the south.

Antebellum Southern Society

The Antebellum period is considered by many in American history to be the period before the civil war but as well after the War of 1812. Things such a antique plantations, or other things from that time are considered Antebellum.

The Lives of African American Slaves in the Antebellum South

During the early 19th century, most frequently women and men worked for large agricultural plantations, and worked as house servants of field hands. These servants had brutal lives, with punishments, strict policing racially, and repression. Some slaves would plot large scale revolts, or resist slavery through acts everyday. Those enslaved would adopt various ways to cope with the harsh realities of their lives on the plantations.

The lives of free African American Slaves in the Antebellum South

African Americans in the Antebellum period were outspoken about the injustice of slavery. Free African Americans that lived in the South continuously lived in the shadow of slavery, without the capability of travel and unable to assemble as freely compared to that of which in the North ; meaning that it was more difficult for them to organize and keep things such as schools, churches, and fraternal orders.

Slave Codes, Underground Railroad, and Fugitive Slave Laws

State laws established to determine the status of slaves and the rights of their owners were called Slaves codes. As well as a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States in the early mid-19th century were the Underground Railroad. These secret routes were used by African-American slaves in which they used them too escape into free states and Canada. Fugitive Slave Acts were a pair of federal laws in which allowed for the returns and captures of slaves that ran away within the United States territory.

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