The Slavery Of The Cotton Gin By Eli Whitney

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1. Many Americans had expected the practice of slavery to die. Americans were given this impression in relation to decreasing tobacco production due to lack of fertile soil (Foner, 317). However, Americans would be presented with factors that would lead to an expansion in slavery. The expansion of slavery deteriorated already terrible conditions for slaves; slave families would be separated and many female slaves faced imminent forced reproduction with studs or white males. In the 1790’s the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney sparked an increase in cotton production in the South. The cotton gin decreased the labor time it took to pick seeds from the cotton. Slave owners moved or sold their slaves to deep Southern states where cotton was becoming increasingly profitable. The United States doubled in size due to President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase. Within this territory the Cotton Kingdom led in cotton production. Slaves were chained together and transported to these territories where they worked the cotton fields. Napoleon and Jefferson’s Louisiana purchase was in correlation with Napoleon’s interest more concerned with European war and economics rather than western states. Toussaint Louverture’s successful Haitian Revolution was one of the factors in Napoleon’s decision. The Haitian Revolution started as the free mixed race citizens rebelled and then slaves seized their opportunity to revolt. This instilled fear in Americans and a growing

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