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MaCauley 1 Clayton A. MaCauley Asian American Studies 33A November 13, 2007 Two Ends of Society Plantation owners in the Southeast United States prospered by the slaves they owned. Few African Americans sought freedom and rights they never earned throughout the United States. Plantation owners only needed to maintain the life they live while African Americans looked to enhance their lifestyle. The larger society in the South argued they needed slaves for the high demands of cotton, while African Americans establish themselves through independent institutions. The South Economy soon revived to better condition from an invention. “By quickly removing the seeds and other impurities from raw cotton, Whitney’s cotton gin fostered the emergence of a new cotton economy” (Pg. 219). The process quickens the pace of cotton picking for the slave. Plantation owners could harvest the cotton faster than before. This made cotton more available for plantation owners to sell. Furthermore, the machine lessens the demand of cotton pickers. Slaves could use their strength for other important task around the plantation. They did not wear out from picking the bits and pieces from cotton. In addition, the overall south’s economy would benefit from the invention. The invention made cotton cheaper to sell to exporters. People could spend the saved money other necessities. The souther plantation owners made a case with making a better economy for everyone to live.
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MaCauley 2 Planters gave the impression that support for banning slavery would never win. “Planter delegates from Georgia and South Carolina refused to support any document that regulated that slave trade or curtailed slavery itself. The asserted that such a charter could never win acceptance at home” (Pg. 210). Most plantation owners held positions as political leaders in the South. Since
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