The South and the Slavery Controversy. Page 350-356. “Cotton is King!”. Before the 1793 invention of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, slavery was a dying business, since the South was burdened with depressed prices, unmarketable goods, and over-cropped lands.
The South and the Slavery Controversy
Weaknesses of the South:
- the competition of slave labor
- the high cost of fertile land
- European ignorance of cotton growing