Why was slavery okay in the south but not in Ohio?




The history of slavery goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks. In America, slaves were needed to work the large plantations of the South. The plantation owners grew crops like cotton, sugar cane, and tobacco. The size of a slave plantation could be anywhere from 500 to 1,000 acres. Each acre could produce about 5,000 plants. Then the cotton gin was invented, which took the seeds out of cotton. Much more cotton could now be grown. So slavery became a very big part of the economy of the South.

By this time in history, America had three region. The North, the South, and the West Region. When the issue of making slavery illegal was brought up during the Declaration of Independence, the South refused to sign unless slavery was allowed.

Slavery was not legal in Ohio because of the Northwest Ordinance, which was passed in 1787. Ohio was part of the Northwest Territory. It was a way for the leaders to stop new places from having slavery. When the Civil War ended in 1865, the South was defeated and slavery ended forever in America.


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