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October 12, 2009 Prof. McBane The majority of the Southern people were those belonging to the poor class. This majority was comprised of both slaves and poor white people. The slave community revolved around cotton. From sunrise to sunset, gangs of twenty some slaves would tend the cotton supervised by a white man with a whip. Some women and the older slaves, who were unable to work, raised the children. After sunset, dinner was prepared by the women and there were a few hours of socialization before bed. In comparison, most of the white southerners were in the poor class as well. They didn’t endorse the slave system because the slaves took away all their jobs. The southern economy was based around agriculture. Whites couldn’t find jobs because they were all taken by the unpaid slaves. The elite southerners had a different lifestyle though. They were a small portion (2.5%) of the population. They “enjoyed the prestige, political leadership, and the lifestyle to which many white southerners aspired.” They had little work and passed their
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