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History of Liberia

Thus, the American Constitution contained the notorious provision that threefifths of "all other Persons"  meaning the slaves  would be counted toward a state's representation in Congress. The Constitution also stipulated that the slave trade could not be outlawed before 1808, twenty years after it came into force. The implication, however, was that the slave trade might be forbidden after that date.

In fact, in the early days of the republic, slavery was widely assumed to be a declining institution. In the North, where the few house slaves were not important to the economy, slavery was increasingly abolished. In the South, where slave labor remained important to the agricultural economy, abolition was not seriously considered. However, the tobacco plantations were in gradual decline, and many people supposed that slavery would eventually die out in the South as well.

From about 1800 on, however, two contrary forces acted to widen the national division over slavery. On the one hand, abolitionist sentiment in the North was on the rise, as people increasingly challenged the perpetuation of slavery in a nation that claimed to be founded on the ideals of Liberty and Equality. This had already been a factor in the abolition of slavery on some northern states.

At the same time, however, Eli Whitney's cotton gin made cotton a highly profitable cash crop in the South. Only a few regions in the South had been suited to growing tobacco, but cotton could be grown far more widely. The booming textile industry in England provided an eager overseas market for cotton. The intensive labor required to grow and pick cotton was regarded as wellsuited to plantations worked by gangs of slaves.

Thus, instead of gradually dying out, plantation slavery in the South underwent a revival. In the North, abolitionist sentiment grew stronger in response. The controversy over whether slavery would spread to the new states being formed f...

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