Slavery’s Scar on the United States

If you’ve ever spent an entire lunch hour
just staring at a map of the United States – what, people do that right? – you’ve
probably noticed this one line that seems to run right across the middle of the country. Why is that line there? Well to figure that out, we’re going to
have to go back to the beginning. When the United States gained independence
and the founding fathers got together to write a Constitution, it was pretty much assumed
that slavery was going to naturally die out… soon. Let me be clear, not because of any altruistic
reason or movement towards equality. But because it simply wasn’t profitable. That’s right, even 200 years ago, all anyone
cared about was their bottom line. But because it was dying out and because the
US wanted to at least appear to be on the right side of history, they wrote it into
the Constitution that the importing of slaves would be allowed only until 1808 – at which
point it was made illegal. Although that didn’t really stop it either
for reasons I’ll get to later. Slavery was up to the states, they could decide
whether to abolish or allow it. And coincidentally, it had been abolished
in the northern states. Again, not because racism was over, but because
it was simply more trouble than it was worth, literally. So let’s take a look at a map and see what
the South was really worried about. The problem with looking at modern maps like
this in order to explain slavery is that it isn’t an accurate representation of what
the US was going through. So let’s take a look at what the US looked
like in 1813. We had just started a war with Great Britain,
had bought the Louisiana Territory a few years earlier, and had 18 states. 9 free, shown in blue, and 9 slave in red. At this point, there were just over a million
slaves in the United States, and only 7 million people total, so about 16% of the population. And slavery had just become profitable. When the Constitution was written, slaves
were really only used for one crop. And it’s not the crop you’re thinking
of. It was tobacco. And sugar in the Caribbean, but sugar doesn’t
grow so well in the United States, so tobacco. The crop you were thinking of, cotton, was
extremely unprofitable. This is what cotton looks like, those seeds
are not easy to remove. It took one slave an entire day to pick the
seeds out and process one pound of cotton. To put that into perspective, an average cotton
t-shirt weighs half a pound, so a slave could make enough cotton to make two shirts a day. You obviously didn’t have to pay them wages,
but you did have to house and feed them, which was extremely difficult on only two shirts
a day. So really, slavery was on its way out, at
least until Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin, easily one of the most important inventions in history. Because it kept slavery alive. Now, instead of one slave making one pound
a day, they could make 50 pounds. It’s pretty easy to justify the cost of
keeping slaves when their profitability increases fifty times over. From the time the cotton gin was invented
until the Civil War, the number of slaves in the United States quintupled. From just under 700,000 in 1790 to nearly
4 million in 1860. So even though the importing of new slaves
was banned in 1808, that law was passed before slavery was profitable, so while a combined
US and British naval task force gave it their best college try, the trade continued. Thanks Eli Whitney. But let’s go back to the map. Tobacco and cotton were the big products in
the south and the main economic driver of slavery. You couldn’t grow those in the north, you
could really only grow corn and wheat, which you needed animal labor for, not human. So nobody really wanted to expand slavery
northwards. But we did have all of this fun new land to
the west, which most people estimated would take several hundred years for America to
expand into. As a wise man once said, if there’s one
thing we’re worse at than not murdering each other, it’s predicting the future. Anyway, after the Louis and Clark expedition,
it was pretty much figured out that the land wasn’t going to be very useful when it came
to cash crops… but it was pretty useful in the fur department. By 1817 we had evened the teams up to ten
on ten with Mississippi and Indiana. But fast forward to 1819. At this point we had agreed to jointly occupy
the Oregon Country with the British, further leading to the genocide of the buffalo, beaver,
and… some people. We uhhh… permanently borrowed Florida from
Spain, which wasn’t very useful for cash crops either. And we added Alabama and Illinois, bringing
us to 22 states. But now we had a problem. It was becoming pretty obvious to the south
that the space left for the US to expand into wasn’t very useful for slavery. And while the US House of Representatives
is apportioned by population, the Senate makes every state equal. At this point there were 22 slave-state senators
and 22 free-state senators. The Senate was what kept slavery at least
legally safe. So they wanted to maintain that equality. So in 1820, they struck a deal known as the
Missouri Compromise. Which legally mandated what the US had already
sort of been doing… *always two there are* a free state, and a slave state. The next two territories up to bat statehood
were Missouri and Maine, AND no new slave states would be admitted above this line. 36 degrees, 30 minutes latitude. This is Slavery’s Scar on the United States. Roll Credits. Before we get too deep into the compromise,
those of you with a keen eye might have noticed that Maine was already colored blue in the
1813 map. Was it already a state? Yes, but it was part of Massachusetts. Which is why it’s part of the expansion
in Fallout 4. But they wanted to break away and become their
own state, how did they come up with the name for this state? Well first, you have to understand that very
few people lived in Maine proper, they mostly lived on islands off the coast. And anyone who lives in or grew up in Hawaii
will understand that when you live on an island, the part of the country that’s on the continent
is known as the “Mainland”… and that’s how they came up with the name. Maine. Not very creative but… still interesting…
right? So back to the map. In 1837, Arkansas and Michigan were added,
whatever, but the real interesting addition to this map is Texas, which got its independence
from Mexico in 1836. And while it really, really wanted to be part
of the United States, the United States didn’t want it, because it’s divorce with Mexico
was extremely messy and anyone who has dated a recent divorcee knows that it comes with
a lot of baggage, not least of which is trouble with the ex. But I’ve talked about Texas enough in my
previous videos… so I don’t really want to give them too much screen time now… Not to mention, you can’t really grow anything
in Texas. So while Texas did have slaves, they were
mostly ranching country. Anyway, in 1846 Florida and Iowa were added…
and then in 1848 Wisconsin and… oh for.. fine. Texas was added. But wait, what happened to all that Texas
territory that went up into Wyoming? Well, Texas was a slave state, and that was
above the line. So the cut it off and gave it to what would
become Oklahoma. Which is why Oklahoma has a panhandle… there… I finally answered it… you happy? But we had also gained all of this new territory
from Mexico that year. Unfortunately, it’s not very good for growing
any cash crops… or anything else for that matter. In fact, the US had pretty much state-ified
all of the good cotton growing land. So in 1850, when California became a state,
they ran into a new problem. They had thought about dividing California
in two, California and Colorado, which I talked about in a previous video. But California didn’t really want to be
divided up… So instead they decided that California had
to send one free- senator and one slave- senator. *always two there are* Which was difficult
because there really wasn’t much slavery going on there. California is good farming land for fruits
and vegetables, not really for anything where slavery would be profitable. But they went with it… at least until 1854. Kansas and Nebraska were up for statehood,
but both of them were above the magic line. One was good for growing corn, the other for
wheat. Again, not really suited for slavery crops. So they did away with the compromise and instead
decided that the people IN that state should decide whether they are free or not. An idea known as Popular Sovereignty. The problem with this, of course, was that
suddenly, Kansas was being flooded with people from other states, slave owners and abolitionists,
hoping to sway the vote one way or another. Which, if we’re going to talk about the
actual start of the Civil War, this is where the fighting began, in what became known as
Bleeding Kansas. In 1860, Kansas decided to become a free state,
and their constitution passed the House, but was stalled in the Senate over the issue of
slavery. Four months later, the Civil War started. Which, by the way, is why Washington DC now
looks like this… rather than like this. But this also happened to coincide with Lincoln
taking office, and it’s a commonly held belief that he is why the Confederacy broke
away. But Lincoln never campaigned for abolition
and never said anything about wanting to free the slaves. It’s kind of the 1860 version of people
saying Obama wants to take your guns. Lincoln wants to take your slaves… despite
all evidence to the contrary. In fact, a year into the war, Lincoln wrote
a letter saying “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and
if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing
some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” That last one, coincidentally is what he ended
up doing with the Emancipation Proclamation. It only freed the slaves in any area in active
rebellion. So the slave states which were loyal to the
Union, occupied Tennessee, and the Union occupied areas of New Orleans and Virginia were able
to keep their slaves. It wasn’t until the war was ended and the
Thirteenth Amendment was passed that slavery ended completely. So was the Civil War about slavery? Yes. And to say otherwise is simply wrong. For the North, it was about preserving the
union and ending a rebellion. But for the South, it was a last ditch effort
to keep slavery because it was becoming increasingly obvious that western expansion was eventually
going to end it for them. The Civil War was not inevitable. That saying is part of the Lost Cause myth,
which tries to explain it away as part of the growing pains of the United States…
and they were just acting out. You know, like a teenager. It’s the end of slavery that was inevitable. So while even people like Robert E Lee acknowledged
that… actually, I’ll let him speak for himself. “The blacks are immeasurably better off
here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing
is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope,
for better things. How long their servitude may be necessary
is known and ordered by a merciful Providence… This influence, though slow, is sure. … While we see the course of the final abolition
of human slavery is still onward, and give it the aid of our prayers, let us leave the
progress as well as the results in the hands of Him who, chooses to work by slow influences,
and with whom a thousand years are but as a single day. Although the abolitionist must know this,
must know that he has neither the right nor the power of operating, except by moral means;
that to benefit the slave he must not excite angry feelings in the master.” So to paraphrase, slavery will end eventually
*now don’t be hasty* but it’s not our place to end it before God wills it. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during
this instructional transition. Also, in order to benefit the slave, you shouldn’t
anger the master. Yeah, this goes out to all the people who
think that Robert E Lee was one of the good ones and didn’t actually fight for slavery. So the next time someone tries to tell you
that the Civil War was fought over state’s rights or that the Civil War was inevitable,
hopefully now, you’ll know better. Hey guys, tomorrow is my one year anniversary,
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  1. Knowing Better

    November 2, 2018 at 5:34 am

    It's common practice to color slave states as red. Google "map of civil war" you'll see hundreds of people doing the same – I didn't do this as some dumb political party smear.

  2. TTime685

    November 6, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I hate myself because of my evil ancestors!!! 😭

  3. catmandont100

    November 6, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Africa is the only place on earth that has never abolished slavery….Why would they ?…..It's where Slavery was invented.

  4. OneManRiot

    November 6, 2019 at 8:55 am

    look dude, i like your cut and dry way of teaching history but for fucks sake stop shooting your self in the foot and compering modern conservatives to the proverbial bad guy. also i think that saying "it was about states rights" is not wrong, just not totally understood. because if by states rights thy mean the ability to govern for them selves if they want slaves instead of the federal government dictating that than yes it is about states wrights. but at the end of the day it still dose not make slavery right.

  5. Marios Moukakos

    November 6, 2019 at 9:10 am

    LOL. Bigoted much?

  6. rockfish1000

    November 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I love projecting modern sensitivities on past eras.

  7. Bob

    November 6, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    The US practiced one of the most benign forms if slavery that existed on the planet for less then 70 years then caught a bloody war to end it. How about a little credit for that?

  8. Wilhelm Geisler

    November 6, 2019 at 1:36 pm



  9. jockellis

    November 6, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Cyrus McCormick and John Deere made slavery a bad economic model soon after the Civil War. No longer would farms/plantations need large, expensive groups of workers toiling on worthless land. Land values rose as the workforce required to generate income decreased.
    McCormick was worth 1/1000 of the nation’s GNP.

  10. SnedorKeeb08

    November 6, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I like your channel; it is very informative.
    That being said, while you covered a lot of information I did not already know/hadn't thought of, I do find it odd that you skipped over the fact that the North had instituted incredibly overbearing taxes on the South because they needed money for the war you mentioned, and the cessation of the southern states was a rebellion regarding this illegitimate taxation- something not dissimilar to the revolutionary war.
    Which, by the way, they were completely entitled to do so, seeing as states have sovereignty from the federal government.
    I'm just saying, you covered a lot of facts, which I appreciate, but you also skipped over a couple integral parts.

  11. The Last

    November 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    There is a scar and the Democratic Party should be disbanded and the democrats that are descended of these slave owner should have all their wealth confiscated.

  12. OrangeboyHD

    November 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    0:00 to 0:04 yes people do that

  13. Jack Garand

    November 7, 2019 at 2:25 am

    You got the colors backwards idiot. The slave holders were democrats.

  14. Crazy 8s Drums

    November 7, 2019 at 3:53 am

    The 'scar of slavery' is stuck on every fkng square inch of land in the world. America sure as fk didn't have a monopoly on enslavement, you half-witted, brain-dead, uneducated, racist dimwits.

  15. Barry Fortier

    November 7, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Robert E Lee, also loathed slavery, calling something which degrades both the slave, AND the slave holder. Not a perfect man, but better than often thought.

  16. P Pipe

    November 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Willie Lynch had this shit down to a science.

  17. David

    November 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    It is a fact that the Republican party was started because they were anti-slavery. This was in 1850 and Lincon was elected in 1854?
    You are incorrect, lincoln was a republican because he thought slavery was bad. He was not going to cut off his nose in spite of his face. Keep in mind this was not too long after Hispanola slaves broke free and genocide every white person. 5-year-old girls had their heads placed on wooden sticks.
    The fear that freeing the slaves in a poor manner could cause them to murder whole populations, as this has happened. Think about the town in Colorado that has the supermax prison. Now think what if you were told by the president from the North that all of them are to be set free in 10 days. How would you feel or vote? Would you try to stop them? This understanding is where you are ignorant. Whites already knew in the 1850s that freed slaves can act worse than hardened criminals. Whites were trying to integrate other "primitive" cultures. The American Indians were still using slaves including sex slaves. Rape of children did take place and it is not like Indians put men in prison for rape. This is why many Christians thought they could save the younger generation by forcing them to go to school and learn the bible.
    Americans were far more compassionate than other settlers and slave owners. The French were quite bad, then the Spanish. The British were better in some ways. They did set up schools for blacks in Australia and in New Zeland where they viewed the Indians' culture to be more civilized even if it did not look like it was at first glance. Also, they respected their intelligence more, as they viewed the natives in Australia to be very dumb, lazy, and most of all drunks.

  18. The Count of Toulouse

    November 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Of course, you're not going to go into the group of people that started and RAN the slave trade, the slave blocks and also lobbied for their particular business to CONTINUE. That group of people has since gone on to control the propaganda industries in this country and they use this power to make sure you NEVER find out what they did and who they have since been trying VERY hard to blame it on. Look into a black man, a professor named Tony Martin, his LIFES work on the slave trade. The people that did all that damage and benefited the most from it? Well…it rhymes with OOZE.
    Of course, you try REALLY hard to lump in slavery with your marxist word "racism" but you don't want your ignorant drones to know that over 24,000 FREE BLACKS owned slaves and were very brutal to them. Nope, you're going to keep pushing the race baiting virtue signaling shit your type is known for.

  19. rarityr6

    November 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Your colors are wrong blue is on the bottom

  20. not yrbsns

    November 7, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    It is amazing how the American past is the only slavery you ever hear about. How about the Romans (Italians). They had slaves from almost all of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Or how American Indians had white slaves and also from other tribes. Or even the Muslim and Black Africans who still have slaves today. Nope, only the White Americans get crap for our past.————And Epstein didn't kill himself.

  21. Samuel Boucher

    November 8, 2019 at 3:28 am

    So some were against slavery because of the bottom line, but there were plenty of Northerners who had been against slavery since the Reformation. The Quakers, Mennonites, Puritans, Dunkers, and plenty of other Christian groups were against slavery for religious reasons.

  22. Keiko Kwan

    November 8, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Spain and Europe most be glad watching this video😂Western 😂🤣

  23. Tobin Prowant

    November 8, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Wow you really really hate America. You should just start your videos with "I hate America" That way people watching your videos will know what to expect.

  24. southern shop

    November 8, 2019 at 7:26 am

    bless your little heart

  25. Chris Cutress

    November 8, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Eli Whitney was a lawyer who stole the 'cotton gin' invention from one of his clients. A cotton grower whose female slave had invented this tool to speed up the processing of cotton. Whitney told the man it was worthless, then went ahead and copywrote the invention. When the man sued Whitney he lost. Of course he was up against a crooked lawyer and his courthouse friends.

  26. Kamui Gakupo

    November 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Excellent video. However, the Civil War was not actually about slavery. Abolitionists in the North may have been /against/ slavery on principle. But slave owners in the South were not /for/ slavery on principle. No slave owner ever wanted to have slaves just for the sake of having slaves. No slave owner just had slaves because they enjoyed robbing African people of their freedom and dignity. At the time, they had no concept of that morality. Slaves were considered property. In their eyes, slaves were not human. So, essentially, they were fighting to keep their "property", not "imprisoned human beings". And this property is what guaranteed their livelihood. These slaves were their automated assembly lines, their factories, their production plants. The U.S. government was essentially trying to take away their property (as they understood it). So the issue instead becomes one of states rights, not slavery.

    Yes, the slave owners in the South were wrong, but if that's how you were raised, if that's the only idea you were ever exposed to, how could you know better? Slavery was the status quo. It was a normalized practice. It was all they ever knew. And to blame the slave owners of the South for having the mentality they did is not fair. Because, up until (relatively speaking) yesterday, everyone else was doing it, too.

  27. HowToLose Gaming

    November 8, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Its so funny, because the north wouldnt survive without the souths trade. The one needed the other and not the ones are right and the others wrong. You criticize a period 200 years ago by todays standards.

  28. Drive Bye

    November 8, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Fact. Fact. Fact. Fact. okay… Unrelated opinion…Ahh I see what you do now. Very, very crafty. 👏

  29. Dovahkiin Dragonborn

    November 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Are we just gonna look over the fact that black tribes in africa trapped other black africians to sell to saudis for slavery first. America didnt get into it for years later. So shouldnt africa be the real bad guy.

  30. Jericho Taylor

    November 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Innacurate thumbnail – The Jim Crowe Democrats inhabited the south, during the slave trade

  31. Lamba

    November 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    You forgot about the battle of Picacho Peak and southern Arizona.

  32. Eli Jacobson

    November 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Slavery was the cause of the war. Without slaver you don’t have an economic or moral motivation to fight a war. Why would there have been a war without slavery………? What would people fought a civil war for at that time…….? Right. Slavery was the cause of the civil war.

  33. Will Willwill

    November 8, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Videos like this play to the victim-hood mentality the black community needs to get away from. Violins for having to work anyone? And lets ignore all the good things blacks obtained from slavery.Things like like US citizenship, escaping their original black African masters, not having to cross in to Europe as an illegal, integrating in to a white culture. Or should we erase that part of the picture?

  34. 00rphb

    November 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    The problem with giving the cotten gin the blame for making slavery profitable is that although it does increase the profitability of a persons labour, the price of a slaves labour still can't compete with the price of a free's labour.

    A free man gets wages and are motivated by to work harder under the promise of earning more, whereas a slave wants to work just hard enough in order not to get whipped. Right then and there the slave and the wage earner have opposite incentives, but it gets worse. The slave needs to be housed and needs to be guarded at all times, which drastically increase the overhead. The free labourers productivity can be easily measured and his wage awarded based on that.
    This is actually why slavery disappeared in the early middle ages in Europe, it was much more profitable to have free labours working for a wage.

    Also as a sidenote, I should properly mention that it was the Democratic party that was the party of slavery and racism, while the reverse have always been true for the Republicans. It is of course another form of irony that the US conservative party uses red as its colour, when blue is the international colour of conservatism, while the US socialist party uses blue when again red is the internationally recognised colour for socialism.

  35. Bullets in Bacon Grease

    November 9, 2019 at 12:53 am

    * Free Blacks owned slaves 25% of those African Slaves in 1860s.
    * Asians owned 3.5%
    * Mexicans owned 10.5%
    * Native Americans owned 7%
    * Europeans owned 14%
    * Jewish owned 40%
    So what were the non slave owner's fighting the war over ?

  36. Tammy

    November 9, 2019 at 8:22 am

    My Irish ancestors were treated worse then slaves in America and they were slaves to the British. Slaves were worth something Irish were worthless so they were killed left in right with out second thought.


    November 9, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Slavery's scar will never heal as long as Democrats need votes to make up for their failed policies. 5000 years from now the 'scar' will still get them votes as long as they control the schools and brainwash kids.

  38. Spazzing Falcon

    November 9, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I love your videos. Keep educating people like me. Education is forever!

  39. Lloyd Parks

    November 9, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Slavery was evil and wicked, and the people supported it was satanists, including Presidents of the USA. Northern slavery and southern slavery were the same. Prisons are built for the second phase of slavery for African Americans. In time, the oppressed will become the oppressors. What goes around will also come around.

  40. JP-A1A

    November 9, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    The most racist people I’ve ever met were from the north.

  41. nathaniel ellington

    November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Abraham Lincoln was black, do your homework, when this country gets ready to fall apart they put black presidents in chair. God bless there soul but they know what they doing lord

  42. silverwolf9979

    November 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    It was never that Lincoln campaigned on freeing slaves, it was that the Democrats couldn't agree on a candidate and ended up nominating 2 candidates.

  43. bza069

    November 10, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    look up "William Ellison" the mega slave owner who was black if you want your eyes to pop out. Yeah, why didnt they teach this in school? good question. Liberals are filled with hate but hate it when blacks are more racist. Slavery was mostly practiced in Brazil by the way… The US only got a small percent of them & many blacks ended up owning slaves too.

  44. Blagojevic Niki

    November 10, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Robert E. Lee wasn’t wrong at all.

  45. Howling Din

    November 11, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Americans are going to associate red with Republican and blue with Democrat, especially on a map of the United States. You can't stop them and it behooves a man who communicates for a living to know what conveys what meaning to the people he's talking to.

  46. Adderti

    November 11, 2019 at 2:33 am

    There Youtube, I watched it, happy?

  47. Tom Evans

    November 11, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Hello, slavery DID die out in the United states.
    In 1861, MOST SLAVE STATES SECEDED, and the rest didn't have enough to stop an Amendment.
    That was the END of slavery in the United States.

    "But NO, "you say: "secession was ILLEGAL!"
    Are you SURE?

    WHEN did ANY state give up its sovereignty, freedom and independence?
    NEVER, that's when.
    So check your facts– sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face… like an elephant in the room.

  48. Tom Evans

    November 11, 2019 at 4:06 am

    "Anyone who says the civil war wasn't over slavery, is WRONG."
    WOW, and here I thought it was because LINCOLN INVADED, when Buchanan would NOT.
    Anyone who says there was a CIVIL WAR, is simply wrong.
    It would not be a "war" if the EU invaded the UK over Brexit. It would be an ACT OF TERROR, since the EU has no national status.
    Same with the US.

  49. Tom Evans

    November 11, 2019 at 4:08 am

    First he says "states determined for themselves whether to end slavery."
    Then he says "westward expansion would end slavery."


    I can't believe this idiot.

  50. Lord Jaraxxus

    November 11, 2019 at 6:59 am

    random question/idea: could vaping be the cotton gin of smoking? basically had smoking going down and then someone made something to help end it, and end up making the problem worse.

  51. Hakuraita

    November 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    So…you're telling me? We could have prevented, or at least severely blunted, over 200 years of pain and racial grief… If someone had just shot Eli Whitney?!

    Good Lord, what the fuck, history? The Cotton Gin kept slavery on life support!

  52. RonPaulHatesBlacks

    November 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, racist Tom had a temper tantrum. The rebels unconstitutionally seceded and attacked American soldiers over slavery, the self-declared "cornerstone" of the entire confederacy. And even Robert E. Lee freely admitted that secession is unconstitutional.

  53. jafishe777

    November 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Sorry I'm so busy I don't have time to watch, was just reading the comments. I believe in presenting the facts and letting people make up their own minds. So I assume the tariff was mentioned in the video, right? There's always been an argument about what kind of nation the United States should be – should we mind our own business and be like Switzerland or should we be a major player on the world stage and throw our weight around?  Lincoln wanted the US to be a player, so he wanted to build up the industrial and economic might of the North. To do that you need infrastructure – railroads, bridges – and to have that you need revenue. There was no IRS back then but tariffs were used to fund the government. I know this is REALLY hard to understand, or it must be because people talk about the Civil War all the time without mentioning tariffs (although the people in the country at the time talked about tariffs a lot, Lincoln especially – he said he wouldn't try to end slavery but MUST have his tariff), so let me explain that a tariff is a fee charged for importing or exporting goods/products into or out of a country.I'll try to talk slowly here – the South wanted to get a good price for their agricultural products, but the North did not want to pay high prices. The South said, that's ok, we'll just sell our products to England and other countries abroad since they're willing to pay what they're worth. To which the North said, no you can't, because the North has more population and greater representation in Congress, and we voted to put tariffs on your exports, pricing them out beyond what those other countries are willing to pay, so you just have to sell to us for less money.The South did not have factories and needed to buy the machinery they used. The North was charging exorbitant prices for what they produced in Northern factories, so the South said, that's ok, we can buy machinery from England and other countries. Again the North said, no, sorry, after you pay the import tariffs we've voted to place on imported foreign goods, you'll wind up thinking you might as well have bought from us in the first place. We'll pick the pockets of the South either way.Then the South said, if we secede and form our own government we'll be richer.As they say, follow the money.

  54. caedmonv55

    November 11, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Sugar grows well in Florida. Not all people and organizations in the North abolished slavery because it "wasn't profitable." Some actually had moral stances about it. If they didn't, there wouldn't have been a civil war. Gross oversimplification there.

  55. J

    November 11, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    In 200 years when everyone looks back at environmentalists, they’re going to use 20/20 hindsight, and vilify them. ‘They were EVIL!!! They used cars and planes and electricity!!!! They couldn’t be against fossil fuels.’ Yes… when you’re living in the times you’re in, it’s complicated indeed…

  56. Glenn Saliga

    November 11, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    No doubt the cotton gin made slavery profitable. But often the productive use of inventions was actually retarded by slavery. For example the Romans had invented water wheels and windmills – but never used them because they had slaves that could perform the same functions. It was the middle ages that fully utilized these very productive tools. Unfortunately the reverse happened here…but certainly not fault of the invention, just a wicked outcome.

  57. Randall Martin

    November 12, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Slavery would have ended without the civil war. But the north was taxing the south, where 80% of the tax income was from the south. Lincoln stated that the war was not about slavery, yet videos like this constantly state that it was. Lincoln is responsible for the most casualties of any war in American history.

  58. cr 95

    November 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    This presentation is elementary and lacks critical thought. It'is full of contridictions and conflations.

  59. Tony H

    November 12, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    It wasn't a north vs south war. It was a Republican vs Democrat war. Not a single Republican (north or south) owned a slave by 1860. The industrial north needed slavery in order to purchase affordable material for production. This video is so ridiculous and full of misinformation

  60. rickcoona

    November 12, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    nice bit of revisionist or 'inter-sectional" history there… but it is STILL fun to say "Haven't Seen Democrats This mad since we TOOK AWAY THEIR SLAVES" they Are the party of Both Slavery And "Jim Crow" Laws after all…

  61. CodyCEngdahl

    November 12, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Great job. Here's some more information for your viewers:

  62. commie where

    November 13, 2019 at 3:28 am

    The trade didnt continue, there was a domestic slave trade where the term "Sold me down the river comes from" and Eli Whitney never sought to keep slavery going he thought that by making cotton harvesting easier he would reduce the amount of slaves in the US. Also the American slave population grew without the trade, when they banned the trade they thought it would die out.

  63. shingshongshamalama

    November 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    If anything "made the civil war inevitable" that was only slave states utterly refusing to give up the institution of slavery and reform their economy around the growing industrialization of modernity. Also acting like spoiled brats who'd rather trade with other countries for slave crops than trade with the northern states for shit they needed.

    So basically, rich old white men did this to themselves, the fucks.

  64. Tree plant

    November 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    You need to change your thumb nail it was the Democrats who were the slave owners and the Republicans who fought for the abolited it

  65. paysonfox88

    November 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    8:50 — Ignorant of History much??? You Omit the Lincoln vs. Stephen Douglas debates in which Lincoln strongly argues for abolition of slavery in the USA. His idea originally was to ban it, then ship the slaves back to Africa that could be sent, and free the remainder. Stephen Douglas and the other 3 of the 4 horsemen in congress hated by Lincoln, argued for the status quo.

    In the Presidential run, Lincoln may not have said a lot about slavery, but in his Senate activities as a Senator for Illinois , he sure made his position known. Why else would the southern states have succeeded over his election? They knew what he was about to do.
    Lincoln pushed hard for the 13th and 14th amendments. He basically procured the needed votes for the 13th. His declaration for giving the blacks the right to vote is what got John Wilkes Booth the rage he needed to assassinate Lincoln in the first place. Lincoln died mere days after giving a speech in which he expressed a desire to give black people voting rights. Booth was at that speech.

  66. SyKo MCAwesomeness

    November 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    To dismiss the states rights argument flippantly is not only intellectually dishonest, but completely wrong. The argument for states rights was that states have the right to govern themselves, as the United States is a constitutional Republic, in which each state has their own laws and government. Slavery was just the first major topic that came up where there was disagreement to that level. The federal government had decided they had the governmental right to tell the states what was legal and what wasn't, and the states in the south disagreed. States right to govern themselves and make their own laws was the reason the war was fought.

    You can rewrite all the history books, teaching future generations whatever bullshit you like, you can wish upon a star for it to be different than it was, you can have a million fangirls on here thumb this comment down and disagree all day long, and it still won't change the historical fact that states in the south were fighting for their states' right to govern themselves, yes, on the back of the argument around slavery. Slavery, however, was not the principle upon which the war was fought. To tell people otherwise is not only untrue and completely incorrect, but it truly is intellectually dishonest and a prime example of revisionist history in action.

    The south refused to be told what to do by the federal government, as it went against the idea of a republic of free states that governed themselves, with their own laws regarding any and all topics, slavery or any other. Nothing can change that fact. This isn't even up for debate. It's what happened. It could have been any other topic. It could have been taxes. It could have been guns. It could have been abortion. But it wasn't, because those just weren't issues in the meta at that time that would cause a disagreement to break out. Slavery was. Slavery started the argument around states rights. This is historically documented in our own records from that time period. This was a major disagreement, much of which there is record of, where everyone literally sat around arguing over how much power states and the federal government had. Just because slavery started the disagreement, that doesn't make slavery the principle involved that started the war. That's wrong. Anyone that thinks a bunch of rich, white assholes in the north gave two fresh fucks about blacks in the south is beyond retarded.

  67. Luca Pacitti

    November 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    That thumbnail had a pretty awful implication.

  68. Jeb Owens

    November 13, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Saying the Civil war was over slavery is a partial truth. The government, like now, has 2 parties that divided the country over a VARIETY of issues. It's best not to use definites and call out people for being "wrong" when you dont have to.

  69. Michael Herrmann

    November 13, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    4:10 "perminently borrowed Florida from Spam" lol!!! 🙂

  70. 61FOskater

    November 14, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Lmao bullshit ass map

  71. andrew hinson

    November 14, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Robert E Lee WAS one of the good ones. Please reference your OWN WORK where you REPEATEDLY remind us to NOT reduce people to a single extemporaneous quote…

  72. amie higgins

    November 14, 2019 at 2:24 am

    It's called black crime,Bloods,Crips!!!!!!!

  73. bear

    November 14, 2019 at 7:53 am

    You stupid, son.

  74. richard knight

    November 14, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    how come the norths tax levy they wanted the south to pay is not talked about and if it was all about slavery why did a lot of the so called slaves fight beside the southern men ?

  75. Jim G

    November 14, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Slavery was not efficient or humane …I need multiple clones of myself then i can get shit done & beat my own ass when i screw up.

  76. Mike Smith

    November 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Sorry to break the news to you, but the Civil War was started over States Rights. Slavery was only added about a year before the end of the war.

  77. Trevor Grindz

    November 14, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Very important things you left out :

    1)White people didn't go out and round up people and force them to be slaves – they were sold to colonists by slave traders from Africa. This was common practice during those times.
    2)Slaves are being sold in many countries in Africa and the middle east TODAY, so being a black person in America and claiming victimhood because 200 years ago their ancestors at one point were slaves is a low thing to do.

  78. Trevor Grindz

    November 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Have you ever been to Texas? 100s and 100s of miles of farm fields with crops growing. I think you are misinformed.

  79. Anthony E. Idealistic Woodworks

    November 14, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Trouble is, even though he thought that it was a slow education and transition. All slaves wanted to go back home to their families, which is why we have the mess we have today. Fun fact is we would've ended up with Black African Americans over time due to immigration but still there was no reason to force these original people to stay here when they truly just wanted to go home.

  80. Dee Dish

    November 14, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    More like a badge of honor.

  81. Thomas Smith

    November 15, 2019 at 1:29 am

    The first thing I notice when looking at your map is that there are several slave states north of you imaginary border. If Lincoln had truly "freed the slaves" by executive action, he would have probably had to move his capital, as the surrounding states would most likely joined the Confederacy.

  82. Connor Duncan

    November 15, 2019 at 2:48 am

    No I was thinking tobacco
    Cotton didn’t even cross my mind

  83. Jaryd Jackson

    November 15, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Who else wants this guy as their history teacher?

  84. bgcvetan

    November 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Democraft slave states.

  85. Richie Schneider

    November 15, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Why is chewing gum bad?

  86. MadCowProductions

    November 15, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This video is racist.

  87. Cliff Sullivan

    November 15, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    The Civil War is Mr Lincoln's War. The South succeeded because of tariffs on Imported Goods. These tariffs paid the entire cost of the US government, and after election, (a three was race) Lincoln raised the tariffs to 50%. The South was about to loose political relevance as Mr Lincoln was not inclined to continues the admission of slave states to preserve the South's political equality in Congress After the first wave of states left the Union, a second wave of border States seceded when Mr Lincoln announced he would raise an army of a million men and conquer the rebel states. New Orleans fell in 1862 and the inscription carved on the pedestal of Andrew Jackson's statue says;"The Union must and shall be Preserved." Slavery was dead by 1880 in the Americas.

  88. Dexter Kellum

    November 15, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Not saying that I think it was about states rights, but you did nothing to disprove that claim. Just saying you ended the video like it was a mic drop but only really proved that slaves had ~something~ to do with it not THE reason.

  89. chips falling

    November 15, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    it sure is a good thing that no other nation in all of human history participated in slavery. based on the history told in my lifetime that seems to be the case. go dems! thanks for the stain.

  90. Zanethepain243 1

    November 16, 2019 at 12:41 am

    When you already knew why the line was there

  91. Capitalist Pig

    November 16, 2019 at 1:33 am

    We should bring back slavery only instead of doing it along racial lines we should do it along ideological means. Since leftists like Marxist so much if they fail (that is to say it comes up pro-marxist) that person should immediately lose all rights and be enslaved. They want to willingly subjuct all of America to the slavery of Communism so I say we give them what they want. I don't consider communists to be human as is. They are sub-human filth.

  92. sean murphy

    November 16, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I can buy a slave in Libya today thanks to Islam.

  93. Rich Riel

    November 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for posting a popular explanation of the root cause of the Civil War. the geographic correlation between area and the institution of slavery is correct. Your prediction that had not the Civil War occurred slavery would have disappeared is also correct. Your explanation of Lincoln’s treatment of the war as an insurrection is also true.

    However this simplistic leap that slavery caused the Civil War is wrong.

    The South went to war because my college “The Citadel” fired on the resupplying ship at Fort Sumter. As the man said the South was aware that it would no longer dominate the Union as it had in past years. This was reflected by the loss of power in congress to enact favorable legislation for the South highlighted by diminishing concessions to compromise with the South.

    Sort of like “Paradise Lost” the South took the position it was better to rule in Dixie than serve in the Union. That is why 98% of the combatants had no financial or emotional stake in slavery. The Civil War or more accurately the Insurrection was fought so that when slavery did disappear the States would determine their own destiny.

    Wars are fought for a number of reasons, acquisition of wealth, land, leadership changes, but the bloodiest wars are fought over ideas. This simplistic explanation fails to account for the fact that the combatants did not care about slavery they fought for the idea of the Union or States rights.

    I must say that I have never been privileged to see a better correlation between geography and slavery in the context of history. It was brilliant and I enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you for your presentation.

    if you learn something new every day you become richinspirit

  94. Douchebags Refuted

    November 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Well, how right Robert E Lee was!

  95. huwhite boogyman

    November 16, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Jews completlly orchestrated and dominated African slavery. All the slave ships were owned by Jews.. Isn't it nice of them to blame it on white European Christians in their hollywood propaganda aka movies?
    This is all fact, and on the record in the library of congress.

  96. Jose Martinez

    November 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I do that.

  97. OMEGA-P _74

    November 16, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    "Thank God for the Bo Weevil"-Baltimore African American Museum. All War's are fought over the same thing "Money."

  98. steve johnson

    November 16, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Here we go telling his story the so-called white man history about the slave trade is incorrect impossible to bring 3 to 6 million people on a sailboat from so-called Africa to so-called America never happened the so-called blacks was in America long before a Native American long before a Christopher Columbus history has been told in reverse the indigenous people are the so-called blacks the story of so-called off slaves coming here on sail boat is incorrect that history has been told for so long it's high time someone got the story straight all you have to do is understand real history go to Central America go to the Gulf of Mexico go to what is presently call Chicago and you would see drawings of so-called blacks here long before a so-called Native American Mound pyramids that are in Ohio so called Native American that have the straight hair and pale skin they don't know anything about the mound pyramids also the so-called Indians Native Americans whom have the pale skin in straight hair don't know anything about bricks that were made in Louisiana it's a known fact that the so-called black race migrated from silk Africa 50000 years ago to China Japan America so-called Middle East Germany England Bahamas Haiti Jamaica all so call Sovereign Nations that I didn't mention this is facts take note it was not until the so-called white man beat the Moors over in Spain that they start to venture out throughout the world they venture out to conquer the so-called blacks who built Empires throughout the world take note all ancient countries structure are built like a pyramid

  99. Saqqaq

    November 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

    holy shit this comment section is awful, just putrid shit really

  100. Cosmocat01

    November 17, 2019 at 12:57 am

    The bootheel of Missouri was thrown in for one reason, and that was to make Missouri a slave state.
    Nice job, legislature.

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