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hed it with a wand of gold, and from being a languishing, struggling system, it quickly developed into a money-maker.
Whitney, the Connecticut mechanical genius, by the invention of the cotton-gin, made the production of cotton a highly lucrative industry.
The price of negroes to work the cotton fields at once went up, and yet the supply was inadequate.
Northernly slave States could not produce cotton, but they could produce negroes.
They shared in the golden harvest.
Such cities as Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Wheeling, and Louisville became centers of a flourishing traffic in human beings.
They had great warehouses, commonly spoken of as nigger pens, in which the hands that were to make the cotton were temporarily gathered, and long coffles — that is, processions of men and women, each with a hand attached to a common rope or chain-marched through their streets with faces turned southward.
The slave-owners were numerically a lean minority even in the South, but their