What Is The Southern Argument To Abolish Slavery

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Short Paper B America has been thought of as the land of the free for many years, however, there was a time were slavery was legal and a huge part of the thirteen colonies. There was much controversy over the fact that the "American Revolution" was fought to bring freedom from the European powers, but the fact that there was slavery in the thirteen colonies was an issue. The slaveholders kept the slaves to do manual labor such as working the fields growing crops to keep the economy alive and to keep the slaveholders wealthy. The British promised some of the African slaves their freedom if they would help during the "American Revolution", so some slaves became Loyalists. Other Africans fought for their freedom in different ways, such as trying to abolish slavery all together. …show more content…
Slaveholders were not technically doing anything illegal at the time, so by the law African slaves were their property, so there was little that could be done. Slaveholders used all kinds of arguments such as "economics, history, religion, legality, social good, and even humanitarianism" to hold onto the right to keep slaves. (The Southern Argument for Slavery) Slaves were used in so many places of employment, that many slaveholders said that "the sudden end to the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact." (The Southern Argument for Slavery) African slaves did have a big role in the economy as slaves were involved in many jobs during the "American Revolution", so there would be a change in the economy if the slaves were set