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Running head: FUTURE OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA. 1 Future of slavery and freedom in Antebellum America. Student Name: Institution affiliated Professor’s Name Data Future of slavery and freedom in Antebellum America.
FUTURE OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA 2 Introduction Antebellum is a Latin word “before the war” It is considered to be the period between 1812-1860. It was characterized with expansion of America, slavery support , abolition and freedom of the slaves. During this period the American economy begun to shift in north to manufacturing as the industrial revolution begun, being fed by the raw materials in the south. Increased demand for cotton for the export to Europe and the milling industries abroad made explores and merchants to acquire large tracts of plantations to fed the ever growing demand. These plantations depended on forced labor to cultivate and harvest the crops. The demand for slave labor and the eventual ban of slaves from Africa drove up prices of slaves, making it profitable for smaller farms in regions such as Virginia to sell their salves to southerners and west plantation owners. Plantations owners wealth was reflected in the number of slaves one owned, (In a landmark ruling of 1857 Dred Scott Vs Sanford court case declared slaves were not citizens but property) and the political power as well. As the quality of soil diminished they started to look for new lands in Texas and further west (Bruce, 2013). Before 1821, Spain ruled the now Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. After the independence of Mexico the area was opened up for economic penetration. Explores and traders had a hand in the opening up of west to white settlers. Thousands of people ventured into westwards, thereby opening up the region for development and eventual annexation to become part of United States of America.
FUTURE OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA 3 The intersection between westward expansion and the future of slavery and freedom in Antebellum America.

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