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Slavery Essay - JacobIrby Slavery played a key role in...

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Jacob Irby Slavery played a key role in American economy, politics, and social life prior to 1860. Slavery was the most controversial issue in pre-Civil War era in America. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, many new developments made slave labor much less strenuous. Also, many court cases arose about incidents with slaves. Even though many debates were held about this questionable topic, many slaves took the liberty upon themselves to decide the outcome of their own life and help others escape from the plantations of the South. Firstly, slavery’s role in the American economy is nothing less than spectacular. In 1794, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, which ultimately decreased harsh labor forced onto the slaves. Massive production of cotton came from the South due to the revolutionized process. The demand for cotton was so great that the slogan “Cotton is King” was truly understood, for everyone knew that the production of cotton was so massive that it surpassed tobacco.
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