Important Dates for Plantation Owners: Before the Civil War

From; An illustration of the Cotton Gin.

1793 – Whitney’s cotton gin made cultivation easier and faster; Thus increasing profit for plantation owners.

1808- Congress outlaws slave trade, but owners countered this by smuggling Africans into the South.

1831- Nat Turner slave rebellion; publication of The Liberator, which had many Northerners see plantation owners and slavery itself in a bad light.

1831-1832- Virginia legislature debating on slavery and emancipation.

1850- Close to the Civil War; the Compromise of 1850 which yielded several concessions to the South, including the Fugitive Slave Law. Plantation owners were happy that slavery was not fully abolished.

From; An illustration of Nat Turner

George S.


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