CThomas_Personal Reflections Journal Entry - #7 - HIUS 221 Thomas 1 Chanille Thomas Professor Schonta HIUS 221-B14 Student ID L27639480 6 May 2017

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HIUS 221 Thomas 1 Chanille Thomas Professor Schonta HIUS 221-B14 Student ID: L27639480 6 May 2017 Journal 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 slavery was 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.

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