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Not the sole contributing factor ( and I don't see any key "progressive"

claiming that slavery was the sole factor in the success of the united states. However, slavery was a key subsidization to the creation of wealth in roughly half the nation. And that wealth creation (largest export of the united states) contributed mightily to the first wave of industrialization in the US (the textile industry). It subsidized the British textile industry, too. The economic model of the antebellum south doesn't succeed without the "peculiar institution" - the math doesn't work; you cannot dissociate the overall economic (and tangentially, political) success of the fledgling nation from a fundamental economic and social construct that subsidized, both directly and indirectly, the enterprise as a whole.

The argument at either end of the continuum (left: it was exclusively important; right: it was merely a "marginal contributor") both miss the mark. Any rational and data-based analysis of the nation at the time acknowledges the importance of slavery to the economic development of the nation to that point. And, none of this delineates the social cost of slavery, which was and has been and continues to be very real in economic terms.

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Posted: 07/05/2020 at 10:26PM


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