How was the north dependent upon slavery?

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The North was dependent on slavery because Northerners relied on many products that were made using slave labor. In the South, slaves produced cotton, and tobacco. In the Caribbean and Brazil, the slave system produced sugar and rice.

Despite not using slaves in the North, Northerners still used the products that slaves produced. It was cheaper, for example, to purchase cotton from Southern slave owners than it would have been to purchase it from countries across the Atlantic Ocean.

If the Northerners had wanted to end slavery earlier, they could have tried to boycott the crops that were produced by slaves, as abolitionists in England did in the early 1800s. Instead, Northern abolitionists tried to convince Southerners that slavery was morally wrong. They didn't look at the slavery issue from an economic standpoint, which could have made a significant difference.

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