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Slaves Returning From The Cotton Fields In South Carolina, circa January 01,1860- by Barnard.

By 1860, there were 4 million slaves in the United States, and 400,000 of them – 10 percent – lived in South Carolina. African-Americans, enslaved and free, made up 57 percent of the state’s population. Charleston was the nation’s capital of the slave trade, the place where many of those enslaved people first landed in the New World. The city was built on slave labor and, for nearly 200 years, thrived under a slave economy.  Any history of slavery in America begins with Charleston…

In Charleston, South Carolina, Civil War history and accounts of plantation life are a huge part of the town, and state, culture. An entire tourism business thrives off of showing visitors parts of this history — reenactments of Civil War battles, tours of mansions once owned by slave-owners, and staged scenes of home life for aristocrats of the period. 

What was the South going to war for?’ They may say, ‘They were fighting for state rights.’ And I say, ‘Well, state rights to do what?’ It was states’ rights to own slaves. So it always comes back to that issue, no matter what people want to argue … So I try to make that connection really clear instead of saying ‘You’re wrong. It was over slavery,’ and being a little more abrupt about it”.  -Michael Williams, who teaches global studies and American history for high school juniors in West Columbia, South Carolina...