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p. 172. Law and African American slaverylocked

  • G. Edward White


‘Law and African American slavery’ illustrates how the colonial heritage of slavery in America helped foster the population growth, expansion of the labour force, extraction of abundant agricultural resources, and commercial prosperity that seemed to make the United States a singularly favoured nation in the first half of the nineteenth century. African American slavery, however, was also the root cause of the breakup of that nation in 1860 and the civil war that accompanied it. A civil war was necessary to end slavery in America and forcibly restore a union of northern and southern states, but the legacy of slavery would survive in the form of pervasive discrimination against African Americans.

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