Chapter 16 Summary - Robert Wu M r. Riotto US I AP GL...

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Robert Wu US I AP – GL Mr. Riotto Period 8 Eli Whitney’s cotton gin revived slavery because it made cotton profitable and created a need for more slaves. The North contributed to the slave trade by transporting cotton to England and the rest of Europe while the South produced more than half of the world’s cotton, thus holding an advantage over countries like England who would support the South in a civil war. In 1850, only a select few constituted the southern aristocracy that widened the gap between the rich and poor and hindered public-funded education by sending their children to private schools. Southern women were shaped by the southern plantation system because it gave them control over household slaves. Cotton production spoiled the earth and caused cotton growers to need more and more land. Its production was monopolistic because the gap between small and large estate owners grew as smaller farmers sold their land to the large estate owners. Cotton was a risky enterprise to
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Chapter 16 Summary - Robert Wu M r. Riotto US I AP GL...

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