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National Debate over Slavery The National Debate over Slavery in 17 -1860 was important Events from the cotton gin to the Dred Scott case all played an important roll in slavery and history Here are a couple more In June 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed It was a statement of reasons for the separation between Britain The declaration sited that all men are created equal It meant that people shouldnt be judged by the color of their skin nor their religion Throughout the whole declaration amendments have been added to make the world more equal For example the fifteenth amendment granted African American males the right to vote and then in 1920 the nineteenth amendment granted women the right to vote African Americans could not help in the Declaration of Independence The three-fifths compromise was at the constitutional convention It called for three fifths of a states slave population to be counted for purposes of representation If slaves were to be included in a state population count the southern sates with their many slaves would go into great power in the House of Representatives If they were counted southern states would be weak in the house The African Americans still werent allowed to vote and their interests wouldnt be represented in congress In 1793 Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin He had noticed how long it took to clean cotton seeds from the cotton fibers The cotton gin was a machine that separated the seeds from raw cotton fibers Thus the cotton gin helped keep the southern states a land of slavery and of farming while the northern states became a land of free labor and of industry The development of the cotton mill industry in the north was cheap cotton which equaled free labor which than equaled a huge profit for the companies The Missouri Compromise was signed into law in 1820 It is also called The Compromise of 1820 It
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