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Slavery – boon and bane of the Antebellum South

Page entitled : The end America's Southern plantation aristocracy

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How Civil War put an end to the plantation aristocracy's dream of their own nation and brought freedom if not a better life to the African-American people.

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…  was the spirit that let the Americans of 1861 slide into a deadly brothers war, recorded as the first modern war in history, which cost the lives of some 618’000 people and spelled the end of “Cotton Kingdom” and the Antebellum South. Its most positive effect was the abolition of slavery in the USA by the 13th amendment of the Constitution, voted by an incomplete Congress in 1864. Ironically by their gamble for enhanced privilege, the Southern plantation aristocrats caused their own demise,


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