Here's a fascinating fact: If it wasn't for Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin, slavery might have been a minor footnote of sorts
But because of the cotton gin, slaves now labored on ever-larger plantations where work was more regimented and relentless. As large plantations spread into the Southwest, the price of slaves and land inhibited the growth of cities and industries (also creating the image of the Antebellum South's gentile image of wealth and refinement). It quickly and easily separated cotton fibers from their seeds, enabling much greater productivity than manual cotton separation, and a fortune crop. Thousands and thousands more "cheap laborers" were needed to make huge profits and give their economy the illusion of thriving and stability. Something worth fighting to preserve.
One never knows, does one, what twists and turns our fate may face because of some seeming blessing or innocuous event. We are not the Masters of our Destiny.
But because of the cotton gin, slaves now labored ... (
So what your saying is that the slave labor of the south didn't really build the US economy and therefore the reperations they want should not be given since they contributed so little to the real economic growth of this country. It was all an illusion of wealth and refinement.
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