Disagreeing on Slavery

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The Declaration of Independence clearly and famously states, “All men are created equal” and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the early years of the United States, however, this affirmation of basic rights did not extend and apply to all. African Americans, who were at the time viewed simply as property rather than as human beings, had these rights completely deprived of them by being kept in slavery on southern farms and plantations. Slaves on these plantations did various work and tasks but mostly harsh manual labor farming in the fields for their masters. Slavery had been an established institution in the country since colonial times and while there had always been several opinions on the issue, it had…show more content…
Pro-slavery supporters had valid reasons for why they fought to keep slavery in the South. An inevitable and reccurring theme in most prominent historical events, financial and economic concerns contributed the Abolitionist’s crusade to end slavery. “By 1860, economic liberals…linked…progress with the concept of free labor in a competative society” (Stampp 19). Many Northerners believed that the nation could not progress or develop economically if half of the country was still heavily involved with and economically dependent on such an archaic, primitive practice. Aside from this fear that slavery was holding the country back from reaching its economic potential, there really was no significant profit or benefit to be gained by the North if slavery was ended. However, the industrious Northerners were making miniscule amounts of money from slavery compared to the huge profits made by the slaveholding Southerners, so while economics was not a majorly significant reason for the average Northerner to actively fight against slavery, the lack of financial prosperity they were obtaining from it examined in cotrast with the tremendous revenue of the Southern slaveholders gave them no reason to support it. The prosperity of the southern economy was by far the most significant as well as understandable pro-slavery argument. The
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