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HIUS 221Thomas 1Chanille ThomasProfessor SchontaHIUS 221-B14Student ID: L276394806 May 2017Journal Entry #7: In antebellum America, during the period known as “Sectionalism”, the United States was divided on several issues. The Northern part of the country was primarily concerned with industrialism and paid laborers. The Southern part of the country was primarily concerned with agriculture – sustained by slaves. The two opposing areas of the country could agree that slaverywas wrong, yet, they could not agree on a plan to end it. Southerners felt that slavery was wrong, but necessary. There was a heavy reliance on slaves to sustain their agriculture. When the cotton gin was invented, the southerners increased the reliance on slaves tenfold. This invention gave money-hungry southerners more cause to pause – giving freedom to slaves (Melton, "Sectionalism in Antebellum America", 2016). The Northerners debated that the slaves should be freed and supported abolitionists and the movement towards ending slavery.