Antebellum slavery: the great north-south divide 781 words jul 7th, 2018 4 pages the people of a country will not always agree on national policies such was the case after the american revolution. The north was slowly growing a strong hate for slavery while the south strongly depended on it so for years they try to avoided confrontation, but the question of slavery still threatened to divide them. The great north-south divide had been set in motion one of the other issues that led america to a great divide was the debate over who would control the western territory americans were settling this particular issue mattered because of the difference in economic policies of the north and south.
This idyllic view of slavery, advanced by ministers and politicians (like john c calhoun) alike, was a particularly useful element of the pro-slavery argument because it detached the institution of slavery itself from the cruelty and dehumanization that modern observers would argue was an inherent part. By the 1850s the united states had become a nation polarized by specific regional identities the south held a pro-slavery identity that supported the expansion of slavery into western territories, while the north largely held abolitionist sentiments and opposed the institution's westward expansion. Slavery was the precipitating cause, the irreconcilable difference between north and south that, perhaps, gives some comfort: we are not, today, faced with a public question as vexing as the. In the face of growing northern power, arguments for state's rights grew in the south — after all, if state government was at least equal to the federal government in power, then it would be difficult for the federal government (even if eventually dominated by the north) to restrict or eliminate slavery.
This class divide contrasted sharply with the rural north, which was in many ways remarkably egalitarian in the antebellum period nevertheless, most ordinary white southerners were supportive of the system, as slaveownership was widespread enough for them to imagine owning slaves one day, and they were often bound to great planters through. As slavery began to displace indentured servitude as the principal supply of labor in the plantation systems of the south, the economic nature of the institution of slavery aided in the increased inequality of wealth seen in the antebellum south. For many decades, scholars have debated the importance of religion in helping slaves cope with the horrible experience of slavery in the antebellum south however, the way they treated the subject differs and the conclusions they reached are varied from the early 1920s through the 1960s, the accent. Antebellum slavery: the great north-south divide - the people of a country will not always agree on national policies such was the case after the american revolution as what is known as the antebellum period began, the american nation was divided into the north and south by many issues but most economic issues arising from western expansion.
The compromise of 1850 was an attempt to keep the peace between north and south by solving divisions over whether slavery should be allowed in the new territories gained by the mexican war. While the antebellum south is infamous for espousing slavery, it was not the only region that allowed slavery in the early history of north america, slavery was legal in the northern united states and in the caribbean, and the traffic of slaves affected the entire continent. - the south produced more than ½ of the entire world's supply the south and north rested on the institution of slavery's ability to cultivate cotton • essentially the economy of britain cotton is king.
The slave society of the south by 1860, the population of the south had reached four million, with over one-third of that number enslaved most southerners lived in a rural and agrarian environment, rather than an urban one. Slavery in the western territories to many nineteenth century americans, the expansion of slavery into western territories caused a great deal of controversy since the drafting of the constitution in 1787, the north and the south had grown further apart in terms of economy, ideology, and society. Slavery wa s the greatest tyranny ever sanctioned on american soil, and was quite clearly the greatest divide - in terms of demographics, economics, or values - to be found in the young republic it seemed that this would be the issue that was to define the times. Each successive debate on slavery and westward expansion drove the regions further apart until finally, in the 1850 s, the north and the south were two wildly different places, culturally, socially, and economically.
Manisha sinha's the counterrevolution of slavery: politics and ideology in antebellum south carolina focuses on slave owners' political mission to create a state whose central duty was the. The corner-stone of the south, stephens claimed in 1861, just after the lower south had seceded, consisted of the great physical, philosophical, and moral truth, which is that the negro is not equal to the white man that slavery—subordination to the superior race—is his natural and normal condition.
Slaves were within the reach of a huge percentage of white households in the antebellum south and they were owned by a large percentage of white households in the antebellum south slaves, at times in the 19th century, had high prices--but they yielded great returns. Outrage against the greater evil of slavery served to mask the economic harm the north was doing to the south the situation in the south could be likened to having a legitimate legal case but losing the support of the jury when testimony concerning the defendant's moral failings was admitted into the court proceedings. What was the antebellum period polarizing of the nation- north and south abolition vs supporters of slavery economic divide. The ideas of compromising over slavery and abolishing it completely were present in the antebellum period abolitionists ranged from moderates (gradually abolish slavery) to radicals (immediate abolition.