The Peculiar Institution: Slavery

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Published on February 5, 2014

Author: oripsolob



Presented in a special education section of US History. Focuses on African origins, the Atlantic slave trade, Southern entrenchment, treatment, and responses to slavery.

“A More Perfect Union” ! Senator Barack Obama’s speech in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008.

“The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations….

“The document they produced! was stained! by this nation’s original sin of slavery!

Article 1. Section 2. Paragraph 3: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons … and…three fifths of all other Persons.”

The Peculiar Institution



absolute monarchies

large landowners

small landowners








“Middle Passage”


1807 (GB), 1808 (US)


cotton engine

cotton ‘gin



“average” slave


1) house

1) house 2) hotel/artisan

1) house 2) hotel/artisan 3) field hand


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Southern Whites

Northern White WC

Enslaved African-Americans

Southern Whites Northern white WC Enslaved Af-Ams

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