reply to post by Janky Red
I think they wanted to keep slaves because they felt entitled, they felt the slaves were inferior and because slaves engage in free labor which
creates a higher profit margin for the owners because it reduces overhead.
Slavery was an integral part of the agricultural economy at the time, and remained a large part of the economy even after it was abolished (read:
"share-cropping"). The racism card can be played - but, in all honesty, Africa hasn't changed in the past millennium, and you can still buy slaves
from African nationals looking to buy a quick buck. Again - hasn't changed. Further, slavery was nothing unique to blacks. Whites were much more
readily available in the forms of orphans, migrants, and others taken from the streets of Europe and shipped to America to work in factories in the
The only thing that changed was the idea that a person could not be considered personal property and bought/sold as such. The reason black slavery
gets looked at the most in our history is because blacks were considered to be some of the most valuable. Their skin is less susceptible to burn and
tend to have a more robust physical build. Blacks were actually bought and sold as valuable property. There was, however, no shortage of orphans,
Slavery is only more prominent today. We call it "human trafficking" - mail-order brides, prostitutes in a lot of brothels (it's not all that
uncommon, particularly in foreign countries, for the girls and women in these institutions to be, literally, slaves to the owner of the brothel) -
pretty much any situation where you have someone who is being sold and/or cannot voluntarily leave their current residence and 'career.'
In either case - the point is, the federal government was telling these states that they had to give up a massive part of their economy. Which was,
really, the straw that broke the camel's back - the South and North had, for quite some time, been having some massive conflicts at the federal level
regarding the differences in their economic base. The National government was making many laws based on the manufacturing industry present in the
populous regions that conflicted with the agricultural economic base in the South.
It's not something that can be reduced to greed - different plantation owners would compete against each other for business, and for the best
slaves/servants. Likewise, their treatment differed from owner to owner. To some people - they were akin to tenants. To others, they were property.
Some people treat tenants like dirt, and some people like property like dirt. History likes to highlight the extremes of any scenario.