Benefits Of Slavery For The North

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Benefits Of Slavery For The North Growing up north of the Mason-Dixon line, I learned a version of history in which the northern states were standing on principle. The North stood on the righteous side of the line that said no longer would slavery be tolerated. On the other side of the line was the South, who depended on slavery and would revolt sooner than change their ways.
Later in life, I moved south of the Mason-Dixon line to Richmond, Virginia, which was at one time the capital of the Confederacy. Here, I learned an alternate version of history, one of the rights of the states against an oppressive government. What I once knew as the “War On Slavery” was here called the “War Against Northern Aggression.”
The truth of the matter may lie somewhere between these two viewpoints, but they both miss an important fact. Beyond the propaganda and catchy phrases is the simple fact the northern states had profited greatly from slavery. In some ways directly, such as the trade itself, and in others more indirect, such as the boom of New England ship building.
Direct Benefit of the Slave Trade The most direct benefit of slavery to the North was the trading of slaves. Slaves started arriving in New England in the first decade of the 1700s. By the middle of the century, Rhode Island had become the main carrier of slaves, and by the end of the American Revolution controlled 60–90 percent of the slave trade (Harper). The DeWolfe family of Rhode Island was among the most…
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