Did North American States Have Slaves?


Did The North American States Have Slaves?

Many users ask us some common questions related to slavery in the United States of America.

Answer In Short: Yes, of course, North American states own slaves. However, compared to the numbers in the south, it was nothing.

Those questions are:

  • Did the states of North America have slaves?
  • Was that number more or less than the Southern states?
  • If less then why? And if more, then why?

Therefore, we thought to write some clear-cut direct answers to these questions.

So, let’s jump into the first question.

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Did The North American States Have Slaves?

Before slavery was officially banned in the United States, this was a common thing that white Europeans and Americans captured black people from Africa and brought them to their own countries for slavery.

Though, the importance of slaves started decreasing in Northern states due to some reasons; but they still used them.

The main reason was, before the Civil War, slavery was still not yet completely banned (though a few states took early initiative), and also it wasn’t declared a crime via the constitution of the United States.

However, compared to the Southern states, the number was quite low in the North.

[Important: Not all the black people in America were slaves. Some blacks who came to the continent around the 17th century were free people. They migrated here to work on ships and do other small jobs]


Why The Number Was Too Less In The North?

The difference between both parts’ economic dependency was the main reason for the gap.

Actually, the Northern part of the United States of America was highly industrialized.

Their main economic activities were controlled through modern machines.

Capitalism was its core ideology.

Capitalists used wage-based laborers and modern machines for fulfilling production procedures.

And therefore, slaves played quite a less important role here.

But on the other hand, Southern states’ economy was dependent upon agriculture; they used modern machines in a very small quantity.

For generating profits through cultivation, they can’t rely on hiring wage-based laborers.

This was the core reason, why the importance of slaves in southern states was so much higher.

Here, unlike the capitalists, the landlords performed the main role in the economic field and they never wanted the US government to ban slavery under any circumstances.

Were There Any States That Didn't Have Slaves

Were There Any States That Didn’t Have Slaves?

Many states in the United States of America took some early initiatives to abolish slavery.

However, all those states were from the northern part.

In the year 1777, the state of Vermont abolished slavery.

During the American Revolutionary war, it declared independence from the 13 colonies.

Although, in 1791 when it rejoined the union, it became the very first state, which had no slavery.

The other early initiative taker states are:

  • Pennsylvania (1780)
  • New Hampshire (1783)
  • Massachusetts (1783)
  • Connecticut (1784)
  • Rhode Island (1784)

Because of these initiatives by the northern states, the south named them ‘Abolitionists’.


When Did Each State In US Abolish Slavery?

From December, the year 1865; every single state in the United States of America officially had to end slavery forever.

Through the 13th amendment of the US constitution, Congress declared slavery an abominable crime against humanity.


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