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Slavery In The Late Eighteenth Century

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White historians in the past wrote about slavery in a way that took the economic and political rewards out of slavery. They wrote about it as being less profitable than free labor, even when the statistics disproved this. The writing of white historians reinforced the idea that slaves had no right to wealth and because of that, no right to citizenship. Slavery was not modern because it was written about from an “Old south” perspective. To white historians, modern meant invention and creativity and not slave trade or cotton production. 2.Why did allowing slavery to continue and even expand seem important to legislators in the late eighteenth century? Slavery expanded because it was important to make money. Money was and still is, important…show more content…
Slavery would be less contained to one area. There also was a financial gain from “diffusing” in profitable areas of the South and West, like Mississippi. 5.What kinds of barriers did enslaved people on the frontier encounter in terms of attempting to build community and trust with one another? There were many barriers that affected enslaved people on the frontier. People were stripped of identity and their names and separated from their families. Distrust and competitiveness were established on the frontier because of changes on new slave labor camps. An example of this is :“When picking season came, one person’s skill could push up another’s quota.”(Tongues,149) There also was a language barrier between enslaved people.
6.To what extent were northern whites concerned about and willing to defend the rights of African-Americans in the years immediately before and after the Missouri compromise? For a nonmoral reason, Northern whites were interested in making changes to slavery before the Missouri compromise. It was suggested in a bill, that once an enslaved person turned 25 in Missouri they would be free. Afterwards northerners drop the rights of slaves from their
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