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The southern economy was based upon, cotton, tobacco, denim, sugar, hemp. All these crops were harvested on plantations that used slave labor. The majority of these crops were sold to British and French trading houses for manufacturing into a finished products which were sold around the world. These trading houses had been in existence since the colonial period, and were well established in the southern economy. The majority of the southern plantation owners had borrowed money from these houses against future crops. When the slave trade ended it put such a great value upon the existing slave in the USA that these plantation owners now borrowed against the value of their slaves. Slave labor it very inefficient, and the yield for thes huge plantation were almost always less than what was expected. The plantation owners were in a vicious cycle, of buying more land to grow more cotton, and needing more slaves to harvest that cotton. they borrowed heavily and deeply, and with the textile industries of Europe unable to keep up with market demand the value of cotton was high and the house were willing to speculate and lend freely. Not to mention the shipping companies, and banks, and retailers, which also had interest.

The northern states were seeking to buy a greater volume of these raw materials but the european trading houses basically controlled the market and the northern states were the trade competitors of Europe. The tariffs that the USA placed upon manufactured goods to protect the manufacturing north, angered that south who provided the raw materials for these products and were expecting lower prices. Many southerns made efforts to bring industry to the south and manufacture the raw materials into finished products in the south. However again the banks and trading house were able to prevent the south from achieving this on anything but a small scale. Also the south did not have the availability of labor that the north did.

In the northern states that allowed slavery the slaves were mostly domestic servants, in the south the slaves were an integral part of the southern economy. Those that thought and knew slavery was an evil believed it to be a necessary evil for it was how wealth was created in the south. Their was not the population available to hire workers in exchange of the slaves.

Uncle Toms Cabin, and the slave laws that allowed bounty hunters to hunt slaves in the north along with criminalizing those that hid or support slaves in any manner brought the issue of slavery to a far greater public in the north. This exposure to the slave issue and the many instances of violence greatly angered the northern population. Those that did not care about slavery did care about armed gangs marauding over the country side. Some instances became very bloddy. There was an instance in which a town refused to release a freeded slave in to the hands of bounty hunters and federal marshall had to be brought in to escort the now unfree slave and the bounty hunters back south. There were bouty hunters that were killed by anger mobs and people that were beaten, toutured, and killed by bounty hunters. They were bounty hunters that killed other bounty hunters to make off with their captured slaves for the reward.

Some people viewed slaves as equals others viewed slaves as something less than human, other did not care as long as they got paid. Many of the poor southerns who often lived in conditions worst than many slaves believed themselves to be superior just because they were freemen, and felt that they would somehow be now better than slaves were slavery do away with.

The southern economy needed slavery the northern did not.

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