Presentation on theme: "Slavery: Linchpin of the 19 th Century American Secession Crisis *How could a legal (Constitutionally protected) institution lead to the demise of hundreds."— Presentation transcript:
Slavery: Linchpin of the 19 th Century American Secession Crisis *How could a legal (Constitutionally protected) institution lead to the demise of hundreds of thousands of people and threaten to destroy the United States in less than 90 years after its inception?
How did the institution of slavery entrench itself so deeply into the American experience? The climate of the southern coastal lowlands contributed to the development of an agrarian society in which large plantations flourished. The operation of the plantation required cheap labor. Initially, immigrants from England, Scotland and Ireland came to the New World as indentured servants, agreeing to work for a period of time in exchange for their passage. Eventually, the demand for cheap labor grew to the point that the enslavement of Africans proved to be the most viable and controversial solution. Thus the slavery question permeated the fabric of American culture for nearly 150 years.
“Square peg in a round hole”: The struggle to keep slavery and and still not tear the fabric of union (1787-1754)…what is the Solution?