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I am Samuel Adams a slave holder and a large plantation owner I feel that I can speak for all the plantation owners in the South and say that we feel that there is nothing wrong with slavery Being a slave owner for all 45 years of my life I have seen my plantation grow and the United States economy get more and more dependant on cotton from my plantation Over the past 40 years the ability for me to buy slaves at auctions has made me capable of doubling by plantation size Now I own 100 slaves all either working the cotton gin or picking cotton in the fields These slaves have made me and many other plantation owners in the South rich They have also promoted westward expansion for many of my buddies My friend James Swanson just bought a plantation out in the West easily twice the size of his plantation here in Georgia He was able to do this because of the large amount of slaves that he has Here in the South we provide slaves with food clothing and shelter something that is not provided to the blacks in the North Slaves are better off in the South because they have a place to live and they have food to eat Abolitionists have been trying to free our slaves but they have no right to do this Owning slaves is a god given right and the Bible justifies it It has been around for thousands of years Slaves are not only important to the South they are needed to keep the American economy strong The American economy is based on the labor of the slaves the abolishing of slavery would be devastating to the American economy and would eliminate westward expansion Three of the nations largest crops cotton tobacco and rice are profitable only because of slave labor Such a large amount of workers are needed that slavery is one
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