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What was the impact of slavery on the southern economy?

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Slavery had a stranglehold on the Southern economy.  The agrarian culture of the South made it a necessity to have manpower to work and harvest the crops of the fields.  When Whitney's invention of the cotton gin was introduced to the South, more cotton could be picked and produced.  This increased production, but also increased the need for more slaves to work the fields.  As more slaves were present, more cotton was produced, leading to more more money being generated, increasing the ability to purchase more slaves.  The cycle continued for decades in the South, leading to a greater dependency on slaves and slave labor.  This might be one of the reasons why the support of slavery was more economic than anything else.

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Slavery was very important to the southern economy. The majority of slaves worked in plantation agriculture but many had other occupations such as butlers, maids, seamstresses, carriage drivers and stable hands. These are jobs that white people would not do-slaves...

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junebug101 | Student

the impact on slavery was rough and very hard for the southern to recover due to all the white wanting slave (african americans) to only do their work and no freedom at all.

but they all grew out of that