The Antebellum South Era

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The Antebellum South Era

Cotton plantations were the leading economic resource for white southerners. The Antebellum slavery era influenced, impacted, and provided financial security for whites in the southern part of American, typically for the lower southern states, with financial wealth. The economic wealth moved to the lower south and that period was around 1830 until 1865.

The whites in the south fought and rebelled against ending slavery, in retrospect this was the bases that brought on the Civil War. They wanted to continue getting resources and wealth from the backs of the slaves with whips, chains, and bondage without laboring themselves. The Antebellum South was dominating economically and politically. Slavery states were broken up into what they called the Boarder, Middle, and Deep South states. Deep South states: SC FL GA AL MI LA TX. Middle South States: VA NC TN AR. Boarder States: DE KY MD MO

75 % of whites did not own slaves in the south, some despised the slaves and the wealthy slave owners, and they still turned a deaf ear to slavery and just set back as it happened. Some of the southern whites only cared about status and desired to be slave owners too, besides they were satisfied when they gained superior status over slaves and blacks. Many northern and southern whites from the Antebellum South felt that slavery was effective in dominating the blacks/ West African descendents and their other descendents from the Bible.

Corn and Tobacco was growing but it did not compare to the enormous amount of cotton that was growing in the Deep South. Cotton was king and that lead the Antebellum South’s plantations to become over populated, this continued for decades later and that’s when the demand for more slaves the slave trade continued. This disgraceful behavior continued after the north ceased their slavery practices. A large-scale of Europeans that migrated to the south played a significant role in this time period of the slave trade. . Slave labor was very profitable and economically successful for them in which made the slave population quadrupled by 1860. In 1800 there were not a large number of slaves. The population was less than 1,000 of slaves in the Middle and Deep South. Slaves were the primary source of wealth and they were still a value asset to the white Southerners in the slave Antebellum Slavery era. Nevertheless, African American culture still developed through that bondage and oppression. There were hundreds of slaves on those plantations in the south.

Slave’s male and female duties included but not limited to harvesting and planting. Slave women cared for their families and had to take on work. They also sewed, weaved, and spin material. The men cleared for new lands and dig ditches. Many of the male slaves cut and haul wood, slaughter livestock; other skilled slaves utilized their ancestors’ labor such as building, blacksmith, and repairing tools. Some slaves even drove the carriages around for slave owners.


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