History of United States

History of United States

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...in the South, tobacco, cotton, rice, and sugar plantations. The people who lived at the two extremes had come originally from the same English stock. But their ways of living ever since they had occupied the country were so different that now the people of the Southern States seemed to many travelers almost another people from those occupying the Northern States. This difference was owing chiefly to the fact that in the South the great body of laborers was composed of African slaves, owned and directed in their work by white men. Except in some of the mountain regions, the white man and the black rarely worked together. Everywhere it was the black man or woman who did the work of the hand. 139. The Growth of the System of Slavery.--In the early years of the Republic many of the wisest men in the South were eager to get rid of slavery. All but three of the thirteen States which had made the Confederation forbade the importation of slaves. These three were North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia; and these insisted, when the Constitution was framed, that the right to import slaves should continue 278 till 1808. But though it became illegal to import slaves from Africa or other countries, it was permitted to sell them from one State to another. All children born of slave mothers became slaves, and the property of the master of the mother. The more slaves a man had, the richer he was thought to be; and the number of slaves in the country increased rapidly, especially after the invention of the cotton gin. Thus there came gradually a change in the opinion of the people of the South. A few had freed their slaves, and a few slaves had bought their freedom by working for others in the extra time which their masters gave them. But while Jefferson and...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566378
  • 9781236566379