Slavery and the Economy: An Overview Forced labor was an essential component of the Southern economy from the time Europeans first settled the American South in significant numbers. Seventeenth-century planters required field hands to cultivate and harvest cash crops, but had a tiny wage labor force from which to draw.
Finally and fatally there was abolitionism, the antislavery movement. Passionately advocated and resisted with equal intensity, it appeared as late as the s to be a failure in politics. Yet by it had succeeded in embedding its goal in the Constitution by amendment,… Despite its brutality and inhumanity, the slave system aroused little protest until the 18th century, when rationalist thinkers of the Enlightenment began to criticize it for its violation of the rights of man, and Quaker and other evangelical religious groups condemned it for its un- Christian qualities.
By the late 18th century, moral disapproval of slavery was widespread, and antislavery reformers won a number of deceptively easy victories during this period. In Britain, Granville Sharp secured a legal decision in that West Indian planters could not hold slaves in Britain, since slavery was contrary to English law.
In the United Statesall of the states north of Maryland abolished slavery between and But antislavery sentiments had little effect on the centres of slavery themselves: Turning their attention to these areas, British and American abolitionists began working in the late 18th century to prohibit the importation of African slaves into the British colonies and the United States.
Under the leadership of William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarksonthese forces succeeded in getting the slave trade to the British colonies abolished in The United States prohibited the importation of slaves that same year, though widespread smuggling continued until about Antislavery forces then concentrated on winning the emancipation of those populations already in slavery.
They were triumphant when slavery was abolished in the British West Indies by and in French possessions 10 years later. The situation in the United States was more complex because slavery was a domestic rather than a colonial phenomenon, being the social and economic base of the plantations of 11 Southern states.
Moreover, slavery had gained new vitality when an extremely profitable cotton-based agriculture developed in the South in the early 19th century.
By that time, American abolitionists realized the failure of gradualism and persuasion, and they subsequently turned to a more militant policy, demanding immediate abolition by law. The title page of The Confessions of Nat Turneran account of a slave rebellion, as told to and published by Thomas R.
Library of Congress, Washington, D. The Slave's Friend, children's periodical published by R. Williams for the American Anti-Slavery Society The Newberry Library, Ruggles Fund, American abolitionism laboured under the handicap that it threatened the harmony of North and South in the Union, and it also ran counter to the U.
Constitution, which left the question of slavery to the individual states. Consequently, the Northern public remained unwilling to adopt abolitionist policy and was distrustful of abolitionist extremism.
But a number of factors combined to give the movement increased momentum. Jolted by the raid of the abolitionist extremist John Brown on Harpers Ferrythe South became convinced that its entire way of life, based on the cheap labour provided by slaves, was irretrievably threatened by the election to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln Novemberwho was opposed to the spread of slavery into the Western territories.
The ensuing secession of the Southern states led to the American Civil War — The war, which began as a sectional power struggle to preserve the Union, in turn led Lincoln who had never been an abolitionist to emancipate the slaves in areas of the rebellion by the Emancipation Proclamation and led further to the freeing of all other slaves in the United States by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in Overview of Slavery in America Learn about the African slave trade and the instiution of slavery in America from the early 17th century to the end of the Civil War.
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Source for information on Slavery and the Economy: An Overview: Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery in America dictionary. Slavery in America dictionary. Skip to main content Search. Research categories. Research categories Louisiana planters used slaves on sugar plantations.
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