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MaCauley 1 Clayton A. MaCauley Professor Alex Yamato & Soo Choi 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, establish their identity through celebration, and gain freedom through the guilty. 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” (Jones Pg. 219). The process quickens the pace of cotton picking for the slave. Plantation owners could harvest the cotton faster than before the made of the invention. 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 tasks around the plantation. They would not wear out from picking the bits and pieces of items from cotton. In addition, the overall south’s economy benefited from the invention. The invention made cotton cheaper to sell to exporters. People could spend the saved money other
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MaCauley 2 necessities. The southern plantation owners could make a case with making a better economy for everyone to live. Planters gave the impression that support for banning slavery would never win with the people. “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” (Jones Pg. 210). Most plantation owners held positions as political leaders in the South. Since people elected them in the South, they never said anything
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