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Slavery had a role in shaping the colonies politically, socially, and economically. The colonies at times were divided on key issues, one being slavery. While some colonies did not rely heavily on slave labor others did and those who did wanted to keep their economy going by holding onto slave labor. This created some political tension between colonies. What it also did was give another platform for politicians. If a politician was for or against slavery he would be viewed in a certain way depending upon the ideals of the members of said colony as well as the surrounding colonies. Socially, where slavery was accepted those with more slaves were seen as more dignified and wealthy. Slaves themselves were viewed as ignorant and filthy. Slaves who were able to read or write well were mocked and often had their works credited to a white man or woman. Economically, slaves could be bought or traded so they had financial value. If a person was able to buy slaves cheap and then sell at a mark up he was making profit and gaining a reputation if he sold "quality slaves" this is similar to modern day economics with supply and demand. If not becoming a slave trader, one was still able to get free labor once the salve has worked off his or her initial price. The slave owner is then making profit off the labor and only paying for supplies. Slaves were responsible for building the wealth and landscape of much of the US through their intense labor.Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
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