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Unformatted text preview: Wednesday, November 14 th , 2007 The Lives of the Enslaved Many people thought that slavery was a dangerous institution o Hoped that slavery would disappear Did disappear in Northern states like Massachusetts Considerable number of Southern planters (in areas like Virginia and Maryland) who also found that slavery was a dangerous institution Emancipation through wills, compensation, etc. Industrial Revolution o Switch to water-powered then steam-powered machinery o Englishman Samuel Slater moved to America and created Americas first textile factories in Kentucky Supplied Americas demand for abundant fiber Two kinds of cotton Long Staple Cotton in SC and GA o Needed subtropical environment o Could be separated from the seeds Short Staple Cotton grew anywhere in the South o Crop flourished, but the fibers were attached to seeds and it was very difficult to separate them o Eli Whitney created the cotton gin to separate seed fibers from seeds in 1793 Could clean as much cotton in a day than previous workers could in months...
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2008 for the course HIST 127 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UNC.
- Fall '08