journal 4 - October 12, 2009 Professor McBane 35% of the...

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October 12, 2009 Professor McBane 35% of the southern population was slaves. The slave community revolved around cotton. Day in and day out slaves marched the field of cotton, tobacco, etc and did nothing but work mercilessly under the cracking whip and beating sun. Few lucky women and older slaves who were unable to work took care of the plantation owner’s children. 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. Because the southern economy and society in general was agriculture based, that is, most of the income and work force was based around farms and other agriculture many if not most poor whites did not support the slave system. Slaves were their competition in the work force, tough competition since slaves were free and poor whites were not. On the other hand the elite southerners had a different lifestyle though; they consisted of about two and a half percent of the population. They “enjoyed the prestige, political
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