AP U.S. History Exam 1.17. How did the development described in the excerpt contribute to the continued slave trade in the United States?
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All right, first up, the excerpt.
[ mumbles ]
[ mumbling continues ]
All right. Oh, Loom and Spindle Magazine.
That's an awesome mag. Yeah. Yeah.
All right. That was a real rag in those days.
All right, and now the question:
How did the development described in the excerpt
contribute to the continued slave trade in the United States?
And here are your potential answers.
[ mumbles ]
Well, after the Industrial Revolution reached the United States,
textile mills began to pop up across the country,
particularly in the slave-free states of New England.
Let's see what kind of an impact these new-fangled machines
had on the slave trade down south.
Did the introduction of textile machinery
affect the slave trade because A -
plantation owners earned additional money by
buying mills in the North?
Well, plantation owners had plenty of cash coming in
from their agricultural business,
so there was very little need to diversify.
So that's a no-go on A.
Did this new textile machinery impact the slave economy because
B - mill owners allowed their buildings
to be used as sites for slave auctions?
Well, many of these mills were located in the North,
so their owners claimed very publicly to be against slavery.
So that knocks out B and C.
Which means that the development of new textile technologies
contributed to the continued slave trade because D -
mills relied on raw materials produced through slave labor.
Remember how the mill owners
publicly claimed to be against slavery?
Well, many of their products depended
on the southern cotton industry, which was sustained
by the work of slave labor.
Hypocrisy.com here we come.
Talk about a battle between bleeding hearts and corporate minds.
Good luck with that.
[ gasp ] [ how dare you ]