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Tuesday, 1 January 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY:THE GHOST OF LIFE ON A SOUTHERN PLANTATION:
In the late 18th century the slaves of the South fueled an economic engine based on tobacco, years of over planting and the subsequent depletion of the soils nutrients and thus the tobacco fields were becoming less productive and profitable. In 1792 Eli Whitney a Northerner changed all this in 1792 when he invented the Cotton Gin. With this a slave could produce up to 1000 pounds of cotton per day. By 1850 the south was exporting over one million tons of cotton annually to the hungry mills of England. Cotton was king in the south and it increased labor demand and the institution of Slavery. By the beginning of the Civil War over three million slaves tilled the south soil.