Southern Arguments For Slavery Essay

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Southern Arguments For Slavery

In the United States there was a heated debate about the morality of slavery. Supporters
of slavery in the 18th century used legal, economic, and religious arguments to defend
slavery. They were able to do so effectively because all three of these reasons provide
ample support of the peculiar institution that was so vital to the South.

Legally speaking, the constitution offered numerous arguments for slavery and clearly
protected the protected the people's rights to own slaves. The 3/5 clause clearly states
that slaves are subordinate being who belong enslaved. This compromise also exposes the
fact that slaves were thought of as property. Because the slaves are the property of
whitest they are protected by the V amendment which states the protection of property.
According to this amendment neither the government, nor anyone else had the right to take
slaves away from their owners. The 10th amendment furthermore stated that the powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States,
are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Since nowhere was the
government given the power to get rid of slavery, that power belonged to the state, and
the people. In these ways the constitution provided those in favor of slavery with a
strong argument.


Economics was an enormous factor in the support of slavery. The South was dependent of
slave labor to run the large plantations that shipped King Cotton, their main product, out
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