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It thus appears , in view of the preceding statistical facts and arguments , that the
South , at one time the superior of the North in almost all the ennobling pursuits
and conditions of life , has fallen far behind her competitor , and now ranks more
... and social conditions of States ; he justly remarked , that a numerical statement
of the extent , density of population ... of a country , more perfectly explained its
social condition than general statements , however graphic or however accurate .
... the free States ; brought our domain under a sparse and inert population by pre
venting foreign immigration ; made us tributary to the North , and reduced us to
the humiliating condition of mere provincial subjects in fact , though not in name .
As a general rule , poor white persons are regarded with less esteem and
attention than negroes , and though the condition of the latter is wretched beyond
description , vast numbers of the former are infinitely worse off . A cunningly
How little the " poor white trash , " the great majority of the Southern people ,
know of the real condition of the country is , indeed , sadly astonishing . The truth
is , they know nothing of public measures , and little of private affairs , except
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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