By Kevin Hillstrom
Describes and translates the period of the Civil struggle, its occasions, and subject matters with viewpoints, definitions, file issues, chronologies, sidebars, and data.
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In the 1760s and early 1770s, the issue of slavery took a back seat as England and France fought each other for control of the North American mainland east of the Mississippi River. England eventually assumed command of much of this region, only to find itself confronted with a rebellion within its own colonies. By the early 1780s, these colonies had freed them- People to Know Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) primary author of America’s Declaration of Independence; third president of the United States, 1801–9 Nat Turner (1800–1831) American slave who led violent slave rebellion in 1831 Eli Whitney (1765–1825) American inventor whose inventions included the cotton gin selves from English control through the War for Independence, or Revolutionary War (1775–83).
There are cases that are much worse than these. There was a man in our neighborhood who belonged to a Mr. Briscoe. They treated him so bad that he ran away, and him and his wife was gone for six months, and lived out in the canebreaks. They hunted him with the hounds of Bullen, a great negrohunter. —Isaac Throgmorton, an ex-slave quoted in American Freedmen’s Inquiry Commission Interviews, 1863. and state governments in the Northern United States worked very hard to build an extensive transportation network of railroads, canals, and roads.
These slaves continued to be treated as property, even as the nation’s white leaders were working to build an otherwise democratic government. Many of America’s early political leaders did not like slavery, but they recognized that slaves were used extensively by farmers in the new nation’s Southern states. S. Constitution, which was ratified (officially approved) in 1788, basically avoided dealing with the issue. S. Constitution in 1787 Industrialization a process by which factories and manufacturing become very important to the economy of a country or region Plantation a large estate dedicated to farming Quakers a religious group that strongly opposed slavery and violence of any kind practice would eventually die out on its own.
American Civil War. Almanac by Kevin Hillstrom