Critique of the Cotton Slavery System Essay by wilb

Critique of the Cotton Slavery System
This essays examines the economic viability of cotton slavery, and asks whether it hindered or enabled the economic development of the United States.
# 7321 | 1,880 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2001 | GB
Published on Oct 22, 2003 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , Economics (Labor) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This is a critical study of the American cotton slavery system, and examines why a system so apparently inefficient and cruel was such an integral part of Southern society. It also examines the strengths of cotton slavery from an economic viewpoint, and suggests that perhaps it was not as unprofitable as previously believed.

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"Despite being unpaid labor, slavery did not constitute a "free" workforce. The original cost of purchase was substantial, and the extra costs of housing, food, and clothing lasted throughout their lives, irrespective of illness or old age. However, by the nineteenth century cotton slavery had become an institution in the Southern states of the USA. Ownership of slaves gave the landowner status, and the more he possessed the higher his status became."

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