“The Difference Slavery Made”

Historical data is one of the most useful tools to determine patterns in our country’s history. Maps, photographs, interviews and speeches are compiled to make connections throughout decades, and make sense of the facts that we may have otherwise overlooked.

Slavery, is such a broad topic that spans throughout centuries and continents. We are told historical stories spanning from the English invading Africa to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. To examine maps and compare how slavery unfolded in the United States with the North and South, is crucial to understanding the complexities, history and nature of this data.

This article examines the “points of analysis” ranging from the election of 1860 to town development in the Franklin and Augusta counties. The chart takes you through the historical maps and lays down the foundation of the data through points, facts and summaries of the events that occurred during specific years.

“Another approach to understanding the complex interplay between slavery and the forms of emergent modernity might be found closer to the ground, in a detailed comparison of two places which shared virtually everything except slavery.” Having a close comparison of the two counties and the role they played within slavery, demonstrates the importance of when and how slavery came to a close in these Southern counties.

There are distinct importances in marking historical data such as this article did in order to better understand how these things carried throughout history and continued for centuries.  Overall, I found the tools helpful in examining the evidence presented and the information behind the topic.



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