Full assignment: you have assumed the role of an individual opposed to slavery.You are then required to continue the debate by responding to three of your classmates. Your responses should be a minimum of 100 words, and should contribute to the dialogue.

STUDENT #1 (andrew):

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To whom it may concern,

As a southern plantation owner, I have a need for my slaves to pick my cash corps. The United States of America needs these cash crops like cotton, rice and tobacco to able to function as a society. “The cotton economy would collapse. The tobacco crop would dry in the fields. Rice would cease being profitable”. (U.S History) We as the southern plantation owners, need slaves to plant and harvest our crops. Without slaves the south would not able to produce these exports and make money. I would not be able to feed my family. Without slavery we would incorporate a society that would have a higher unemployment rate and cause many more problems like riots and uprising. Owning slaves keep a balance in the world that we need. Do I need to take into effect as a religious stand point that Abraham in the bible had slaves? We as a religious society need to know the importance of owning slaves for the greater good. Slavery has always existed in every society. We the people need to know the balance in which the world works.


Andrew Turnbull


“The Southern Argument for Slavery.” U.S History. Accessed January 9, 2017.

Higgs, Robert . “Ten Reasons Not to Abolish Slavery.” Foundation for Economic Education. November 18, 2009. Accessed January 9, 2017.

STUDENT #2 (neff):

I am William Ellison Jr and I am the wealthiest plantation owner in South Carolina that has slaves. By the way did I mention that I am African America and that I am a freed slave myself? I was born to slave parents and my given name was April which means I was born in the month of April as that is how many slave are named. My former master, possible my father, William Ellison freed me in 1816 when I was 26 and when I was 29 I decided to change my name to advance my interest as a tradesman. At a young age I was apprenticed William McCreight were I learned how to build and repair cotton gins, worked as a blacksmith, machinist, and carpenter. I also learned how to read, write, do math, and bookkeeping. Once I became free I started my own business of repairing cotton gins and I eventually purchased slaves to work in my shop. With the success of the cotton gin repair business I acquired my plantation with a large amount of land to grow cotton. I of course purchased more slaves to work the plantation and continued to purchase slaves. Another way to make money was to become a “slave breeder” where I fetched $400 per slave when they were sold. When my slaves would run away I would hire a slave catcher to find them and bring them back. My wife Matilda and our children Henry, Reuben, Aliza Ann, William Jr, Maria, and Mary Elizabeth all live on the plantation and some of them own slaves. Some of my children were sent to Canada to be educated, however Maria was later sold. So as you can see I am very much in favor of slavery.…

STUDENT #3 (near):

As a plantation, owner I heavily rely on the upkeep of slavery to keep the economy going. The sudden end to slavery will have a huge impact on the south economics and the foundation of the economy. The cotton economy would collapse, tobacco crops will dry in the fields, and rice would cease being profitable. If all of the slaves were freed, there would be widespread unemployment and chaos. This will lead to uprisings, bloodshed, and anarchy. I argue to the “rule of terror” the continuation of slavery, which is providing for affluence and stability for the slaveholding class and for all free people.

Slavery has existed throughout history and is the natural state of mankind. The Greeks had slaves, the Romans had slaves, and the the english had slaves. If you read the bible, even Abraham had slaves to upkeep the economy and provide income and crops. Although slavery was widespread throughout the Roman world, Jesus never spoke out against it. The courts have ruled the “Deed Scott Decision, that all slaves have no legal as persons in the courts, as they are property, and the Constitution has given us the rights to have them as property. I will stand my ground to uphold the rights to obtain slaves by the word of the Constitution.

“The Southern Argument for Slavery.” Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.

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