Narrative of the life, Frederick Douglass, United States, southern population, Lewis and Clarke's expedition, slaves, slavery, racial gap
In the first half of the 19th century, the United States is facing a lot of changes in social, economic and political levels. Economically speaking, the country has evolved positively thanks to new models of production brought by the Industrial Revolution. Nonetheless, at this time, slavery was still very present in the life of Americans. In the south, for example, about one third of slaves constituted the southern population in the antebellum period. While in the north, in the 1770s and 1780s, a lot of states abolished slavery, so this raised a lot of tension between the north and the south of the United States. Indeed, to the north, slavery was an evil institution, for them, slavery was not moral and ethical but, in the south, they lived thanks to the slaves on their large plantations, so there were a lot of conflicts.
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