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This survey we have already made ; we have also instituted an impartial
comparison between the cardinal sections of the country, north, south, east, and
west ; and as a true hearted southerner, whose ancestors have resided in North
England States combined ; when the City of Norfolk owned more than one
hundred trading ships, and her direct foreign trade exceeded that of the City of
New-York, now the centre of trade and the great emporium of North America.
$16,895,304, and her imports to $41,367,956 ; during the same time, and indeed
during all the time, from the period of the formation of the government up to the
year 1853, inclusive, the exports and imports of North Carolina were so utterly ...
year, the same class of persons in North Carolina numbered 80,0§3 ; while her
288,548 slaves were, by legislative enactments, kept in a state of absolute
ignorance and unconditional subordination. Hoping, however, and believing, that
^It is a fact well.known to every intelligent Southerner that we are compelled to go
to the North for almost every article of utility and adornment, from matches,
shoepcgs and paintings up to cotton-mills, steamships and statuary ; that we
have no ...
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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