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Slavery – boon and bane of the Antebellum South

Page entitled : The opportunity to abolish slavery in America in the 1790s

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Why the best opportunity to abolish slavery in the USA was in the 1790s and why our founding fathers did not seize it.

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…  the South was on the verge of discovering a new cash crop to replace indigo and supplant tobacco in an unprecedented way : cotton. With Eli Whitney’s invention in 1793 of the cotton gin, a simple mechanical device to separate the fibers from the seed, the upland short staple cotton grown in the South of the United States suddenly became a viable crop.


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