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- Those enslaved in the South participated in industrial work, domestic work, and vital to plantation agriculture. Presence of enslaved people across these industries was further augmented with the adoption of the cotton gin in the 1830s and the onset of the Market Revolution in the MI Valley and Texas
- This value of slave labor was unparalleled in the North, where in 1805 there were just over 1 million enslaved workers worth about $300 million, and in 1860 there were roughly 4 million enslaved workers worth close to #3 billion
- Economic performance in the cotton regions made slave labor invaluable, with the value of capital invested in slave labor approximating to the total value of all farmland and farm buildings in the south. According to historian and economist Ronald L. Ransom: "there was no prolonged period during which the value of the slaves owned in the United States did no increase markedly." Ransom has also stipulated that enslaved workers represented 38% of the population [in the South] and contributed 23% of whites' income
- IN ESSENCE: Shackling such high economic dependency on slave labor in the southern economy would propel any slave owner to view attempts from the federal government to limit their "property" as an advent of calamity. Slave labor was fiercely defending in the South not only because of profits it reaped, but because it was some of the only profits reaped - this being justification enough for the Southern states in a fairly young country that had yet to establish major centralized control to risk session and engage in Civil warfare it could defeat the threat presented by president-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1960