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The tragic fireball in the night imagined by Jefferson had finally rung The Missouri Compromise had failed Proslavery and antislavery civilians clashed in the streets and took up arms Thousands of Northerners were willing to die for their beliefs The Civil War had begun The states were at war with each other This dividing battle between the North and the South was unavoidable The Civil War was caused by economic political and moral problems It all started by an alarming increase in a need for cotton which triggered the building of a barrier between two territories in a growing New Machinery was changing the textile industry in New England and Britain These mills needed more and more cotton creating a new demand in the south For this trade with Europe after 1812 raw cotton accounted for one-third all cotton exports of the United States By 1830 it increased to half Cotton quickly became a big money-making cash crop for the South and North economy alike But the demand also revived the need for slaves The plantations had to be worked and blacks were a cheap efficient way to get the cotton picked To make their jobs easier Eli Whitney took advantage of the new idea and invented the cotton ginshort for engine It rapidly cleaned the seeds from the short sticky fibers of upland cotton the variety that grew all over the South The process was simple a roller carried raw cotton along wooden slats Sharp metal teeth thrust through the slats and quickly pulled the fibers from the seeds In 1794 he obtained a patent Whitney still earned little because it was simple enough for manufacturers to copy Even though the machine made attaining cotton faster slaves were still pushed to work harder Blacks under captivity certainly led a harsh unfair life But that is where the white southerners believed blacks belonged Northerners knew better Harriet Beecher-Stowe a female black abolitionist was aware of
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