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To the latter side of the question, Northern writers have already done full and
timely justice. The genius of the North has also most ably and eloquently
discussed the subject in the form of novels. Yankee wives have written the most
... and Future — Insignificance of Southern Commerce — Enslavement of
Slaveholders to the Products of Northern Industry — Almost Utter Lack of
Patrioitsm in Southern Merchants and Slaveholders. CHAPTER X. FACTS AND
though it may lie directly South of us, we find no convenient way of getting there
except by taking passage through a Northern port ; and that nearly all the profits
arising from the exchange of commodities, from insurances and shipping offices,
our " wild oats" on Northern soil ; in middle-life we exhaust our wealth, energies
and talents in the dishonorable vocation of entailing our dependence on our
children and on our children's children, and, to the neglect of our own interests
And yet, forsooth, the slave-driving oligarchy would whip us into the belief that
agriculture is not one of the leading and lucrative pursuits of the free States, that
the soil there is an uninterrupted barren waste, and that our Northern brethren, ...
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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