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What Were Southern Plantation Owners

How do you think plantation owners in the Southern Colonies justified their use of enslaved Africans?

they genuinely did not see them as human beings, they thought of them as being the same as cattle so they never needed to justify it to themselves

What was the position of southern plantation owners during American Revolution?

A lot of southern plantation owners were actually Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. They were satisfied with the way things were being run by the Crown and were largely unaffected by the policies that Britain was passing (Intolerable Acts, Stamp Act, etc). Also, they knew that the northerners would likely try to outlaw slavery upon the establishment of a new government, a point that had actually made it into the original version of the Declaration of Independence. Eventually, the northerners yielded to the pressure from the South and took the anti-slavery statements out of the Declaration in order to achieve a unanimous vote for independence from Britain.

Thomas Jefferson, despite being from Virginia and owning slaves, wrote the Declaration of Independence and tried to include the wording to outlaw slavery.

Edward Rutledge, of South Carolina, was the leader among the southern colonies to push for the removal of the statements outlawing slavery in the document. He also tried to expel blacks from serving in the Continental Army.

What effects did the Civil War have on a Southern plantation owner during and after the war?

The plantation owner during and after the Civil War was affected in two ways. A blockade by the Union navy sealed any trade with Europe for tobacco and cotton. The small farmers that provided many of the plantation their food were not operating because the men were in the army fighting far from home. Slaves suffered from lack of food that had not been plentiful before the war. The soil of the plantations had lost all of their nutrients over the many decades of only tobacco and cotton production. Finally, after the war when the slaves were freed many simply walked away from the plantation where they had lived. Even to this day many parts of the South remain barren and unproductive agriculturally.

What would a southern plantation owner say about the Emancipation Proclamation?

Okay so I got a character, and out of that character I have to make a speech about why the Emancipation Proclamation was Lincolns greatest failure. I can basically make anything up. So far I have, it ruined my business (plantation), it killed many people (My characters son was killed at war), and I need one more. Ideas?

Did any Southern plantation owners ever experiment with paid labor to determine whether (presumably more ambitious) paid laborers could be more profitable than slave labor?

I agree with Erin, in part.The Southern Slavers experimented with paid labor by leasing their slaves to other farms.The first labor system was that of indentures (summarized: employment by legal agreement), which was predominately White and Native American with a few Africans.Whites were indentured for a number of reasons.PovertyCommission of crimes in the homelandSubject to an informal or formal caste system in their homelandChild laborNative Americans replaced many whites. Because they lost the a with the whites, they were forced into abject poverty in the forest. Those who came from the forest, their survival in this new system required them to work for whites as indentures. Whites that didn't trust them. Native Americans despised the whites. Native Americans were technically the first slaves in America (which I'm curious why that's not generally known) as a result of the war. Enslaved African replaced,Native American slaves.Native American indentures.White indentures.African indentures. Yes, there were African indentures.To the question — Southern Slavers did use indentures and paid labor. They did mix paid labor with slave labor, so I know they experimented to see what was more profitable. Also, the Southern Slavers were an inhumane lot that barely fed their slaves (by the standards of the day or now) and worked their slaves to death (literally), so I'm certain Southern Slavers were cognizant of the profitability of slave labor and paid labor.But, you have to understand the term “profitable” varies in meaning from person to person. Profitable is a fancy complex word for “benefit.” With all that the slaves were doing for free (working the fields, cleaning the Slaver's house, breastfeeding the Slaver's child, babysitting the Slaver's child, cooking for and feeding the Slaver's family, friends and guests, tending to the Slaver's animals, getting raped by the Slavers and their friends and family, having the Slavers baby, etc.), it doesn't appear that “paid labor” would yield equivalent “profits.” I'd imagine, paying someone to be all of that would be expensive.

Help! 18.) Slaves enabled southern plantation owners to obtain wealth by growing sugar, indigo, and ________.?

slaves enabled southern plantation owners to obtain wealth by growing sugar, indigo, and cotton.

What was the nationality of most Southern Slave Owners?

American is the correct answer for the question as you asked it. The national origins of most slave holders was British -- English, and the Scots-Irish. This is evidenced by the majority of slave owners being members of the Episcopal church, the American offshoot of the Church of England.

Often, the most dangerous tasks on a southern plantation were given to the?