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I have considered my subject more particularly with reference to its economic
aspects as regards the whites — not with reference, except in a very slight
degree, to its humanitarian or religious aspects. To the latter side of the question,
... for the moment, regard it as quite incredible ; but it is true, nevertheless, and we
shall soon proceed to confirm it. The single free State of New- York produces
more than three limes the quantity of hay that is produced in all the slave States.
... which, it is said, do not lie. With regard to the bushel-measure products of the
soil, of which we have already taken an inventory, we have seen that there is a
balance against the South in favor of the North of 60 COMPARISON BETWEEN
When we come to compare the North with the South in regard to literature,
general intelligence, inventive genius, moral and religious enterprises, the
discoveries in medicine, and the progress in the arts and sciences, we shall, in
... inhabitants are arrayed in interest and feeling against the other half — to that
unfortunate state of society in which freemen regard labor as disgraceful, and
slaves shrink from it as a burden tyrannically imposed upon them — to that
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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