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At the time of the adoption of the Constitution , in 1789 , we commenced an even
race with the North . All things considered , if either the North or the South had the
advantage , it was the latter , In proof of this , let us introduce a few statistics ...
... and by right of purchase , if sanctioned by the Constitution of the United States ,
and by State Constitutions , hold her as a province . In 1850 , there were in
Massachusetts 1,861 native white and free colored persons over twenty years of
... within a period equal to that in attente which this Federal Constitution has been
in existence , these numbers will increase to more than two millions within
Virginia ; when our sister States are closing their doors upon our blacks for sale ,
... in genuine property ; and if the State had emarcipated her slaves at the time of
the adoption of the Constitution , the last census would no doubt have reported
her wealth , and correctly , at a sum exceeding a thousand millions of dollars .
ders , until slavery is abolished ; but , thanks to Heaven , a portion of this
continent is what our Revolutionary Fathers and the Fathers of the Constitution
fought and labored and prayed to make it -- a land of freedom , of power , of
progress , of ...
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A must read for anyone that wants to understand the economic and social implications of the Southern slave aristocracy.
A well researched and written review of the slave aristocracy that suppressed and exploited both black slaves and non-slave holding whites alike.
This book is critical to understanding why the Southern Gentry despised the North for "exploiting" the South and "stealing" the Souths' financial resources when in fact the increasingly inefficient and unproductive system of slave labor doomed the South to ever increasing reliance on Northern resources to maintain their facade of prosperity.
H. R. Helper explains the slave states downward spiral toward economic collapse that will ultimately drive 11 of the states to secede from the Union and start the Civil War
This book is an insight today into much of the Souths' ongoing struggle to join the rest of the United States in economic prosperity