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Slavery was dying in the late 1700s.  Even with slave labor the labor costs of picking out seeds from the bolls were too high.  That was the argument that finally persuaded Sam Adams, et. al., to drop their demand for abolition during the Constitutional Era.  Otherwise, the United States would have split in the 1790s.  

It took the northern mechanization (irony of ironies) of cotton de-seeding to make slavery pay.  And when that happened it made it impossible to "solve" slavery through political compromise.


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by ATinNM on Sun Jan 19th, 2014 at 02:59:25 PM EST
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