Historical SHORT Paper
November 25, 2012
Comparing and contrasting urban/city slavery in the north with the rural/plantation slavery in the south in the 1700s have many differences but there are some similarities during this historical time. Institution of slavery was profitable in both the North and South. Slavery was more profitable in the South than North due to the South being much suited for farming. African slavery is so much the outstanding feature of the South, in the unthinking view of it that people often forget there had been slaves in all the old colonies. Slaves were auctioned openly in the Market House of Philadelphia; in the shadow of Congregational churches in Rhode Island; in Boston taverns and warehouses; and weekly, sometimes daily, in Merchant's Coffee House of New York. Such Northern heroes of the American Revolution as John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin bought, sold, and owned black people (Harper). In addition, both regions suffered with racial equality. Slavery evolved out of an economic need to control labor. The Northern and Southern states both had slave revolts. From the beginning, the imported black men and women resisted their enslavement. Ultimately their resistance was controlled, and slavery was established for 3 million blacks in the South, under the most difficult conditions, under pain of mutilation and death, throughout their two hundred years of enslavement in North America, Afro-Americans continued to rebel. Only occasionally was there an organized insurrection. More often they showed their refusal to submit by running away. Even more often, they engaged in sabotage, slowdowns, and subtle forms of resistance which asserted, if only to...