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The American SouthThe American South had a social system which was distinct in many ways There was an economy relative tothe region where class structure and a system of racial differences which caused the South to becomeunique to the rest of the nation Historians such as James Henretta have said that Capitalism was thecause of all evil within the American South American Capitalism defined by Max Weber is a greed forgain and acquisition by force whether directly in war or in the form of exploitation ofsubjects This type of lifestyle within a growing nation could not work with the gentry class which wasmoving into the region unless there was people to do the work on the farms for them At first there wereindentured servants but this system of work only worked for a limited time as these servants would worktheir time of servitude and then leave on their own The American farmer in the south needed more controlon their workers and needed to know that they the workers weren t going to just leave and start up their own farm for themselves Thus the manipulation ofslave labor became the answer for capitalism and from the use of black slave labor tension began torise between the slaves brought from Africa and the land holders of the SouthTension between Slaves and land owners have been strong in the South for many years and onemight say that the cause of it is the ways of which the Black slaves of plantations and farms weretreated The founders of the Carolina colonies were not only interested in the use of slaves in thesolution of their labor problems of too much work not enough workers but they had a very big materialinterest The use of slave labor was a coerced cash-crop system of labor from which slavery became aneconomic necessity because for a person who owned land they needed workers and these workers werepredominantly
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