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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, ...
... that so far as dollars and cents are concerned, that single city could buy the
whole State of North Carolina, and by right of purchase, if sanctioned by the
Constitution of the United States, and by State Constitutions, hold her as a
... 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, and when our whites are moving westwardly in
... Virginia, instead of being worth only $392,000,000 in 1850 — negroes and all
— would have been worth at least $800,- 000,000 in genuine property ; and if the
State had emancipated her slaves at the time of the adoption of the Constitution,
Indeed, it would seem that, among the framers of that immortal instrument and its
equally immortal sequel, the Constitution of the United States, there was a tacit
understanding to this effect ; and the Northern States, true to their implied faith, ...
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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