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Running head: FUTURE OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA. 1Future of slavery and freedom in Antebellum America.Student Name:Institution affiliatedProfessor’s NameDataFuture of slavery and freedom in Antebellum America.
FUTURE OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA2IntroductionAntebellum is a Latin word “before the war” It is considered to be the period between1812-1860. It was characterized with expansion of America, slavery support , abolition andfreedom of the slaves. During this period the American economy begun to shift in north tomanufacturing 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 madeexplores 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 forslave labor and the eventual ban of slaves from Africa drove up prices of slaves, making itprofitable for smaller farms in regions such as Virginia to sell their salves to southerners andwest plantation owners. Plantations owners wealth was reflected in the number of slaves oneowned, (In a landmark ruling of 1857 Dred Scott Vs Sanford court case declared slaves were notcitizens but property) and the political power as well. As the quality of soil diminished theystarted 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. Afterthe independence of Mexico the area was opened up for economic penetration. Explores andtraders had a hand in the opening up of west to white settlers. Thousands of people ventured intowestwards, thereby opening up the region for development and eventual annexation to becomepart of United States of America.
FUTURE OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA3The intersection between westward expansion and the future of slavery and freedomin Antebellum America.