Cotton production is a fundamental part of the 19th-century colonial trade in England. It was made possible by slave labor and technological growth as automatic raw material handling mechanisms became available. Native Americans suffered from increased production, as the expansion of geography for plantations determined the expulsion of the territories’ inhabitants. Slave labor led to an insurrection that was catalyzed by the Black American Frederick Douglass. Thus, the cotton culture became not only the basis for international trade and violence of Native Americans but also the desire for social justice.
The expansion of cotton growing became a promising field of activity for the British colonialists. It is no secret that this culture was in demand since the material was strong and tough. The rise in production has driven the use of ever-increasing volumes of slave power (Glasrud & Liles, 2019). The planters sought to expand production not only through technological innovation but also through territorial expansion. The involvement of the east coast gradually moved inland, namely in the central and southern lands. Native Americans were expelled from historical territories, which was one reason for their separation in the coming Civil War. Thus, this community was forcibly deported due to the planters’ will to develop new cotton fields.
Frederick Douglass is one of the most influential figures in the advancement of US social justice. The abolition of slavery and the balance between northern and southern communities were long-term processes in which information and education were predictors of social literacy. Douglass used Christian canons and oratory to enlighten radical white people (Gopnik, 2018). In particular, the social activist promoted the ideas of God-given equality and the need for social cohesion to build a shared future. Thus, the former slave was engaged in educating the general population to restore fair and supportive interaction patterns.
Slave labor and the expansion of plantation areas were predictors of the success of cotton production. As a result, Native Americans were deported from their lands, provoking their division in the civil war. Besides, Frederick Douglass has made significant contributions to white Americans’ education through the delightful public speaking skills in promoting biblical principles of mutual respect. Thus, the formation of an equal society became possible due to activists’ titanic efforts and the desire of discriminated communities to be free.
Glasrud, B., & Liles, D. (2019). African Americans in central Texas history: From slavery to civil rights. Texas A&M University Press.
Gopnik, A. (2018). The prophetic pragmatism of Frederick Douglass. The New Yorker. Web.