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Sectional Conflict Slavery, sectionalism sow seeds of war As they fought the weight of Northern opinion, political leaders of the South, the  professional classes, and most of the clergy now no longer apologized for slavery but  championed it. Southern publicists insisted, for example, that the relationship between  capital and labor was more humane under the slavery system than under the wage  system of the North. Before 1830 the old patriarchal system of plantation government, with its personal  supervision of the slaves by their owners or masters, was still characteristic.  Gradually,  however, with the introduction of large-scale cotton production in the lower South, the  master gradually ceased to exercise close personal supervision over his slaves, and 
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Unformatted text preview: employed professional overseers charged with exacting from slaves a maximum amount of work. In such circumstances, slavery could become a system of brutality and coercion in which beatings and the breakup of families through the sale of individuals were commonplace. In other settings, however, it could be much milder. In the end, however, the most trenchant criticism of slavery was not the behavior of individual masters and overseers. Systematically treating African-American laborers as if they were domestic animals, slavery, the abolitionists pointed out, violated every human being's inalienable right to be free....
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