Peculiar Institution (slavery)
Slavery arrived in North America with Spanish and English colonists of the 17th and 18th centuries, with about 645,000 African Americans aboard during the 250 years the document was accepted. Slavery never existed without an argument. The British colony of Georgia got rid of slavery from 1735-1750, although it only stayed legal in the other 12 colonies. Northern states passed the emancipation laws one by one, and the sectional divide began to open as the South became committed to slavery. It was once called a “necessary evil” by Thomas Jefferson, people who advocated slavery switched their proposal to one that described slavery as a kind God-loving institution that benefited all of the parties that took part in this: slaves, slave owners, and non-slave holding whites. The number of slaves to free blacks varies greatly from state to state in the southern states. For example, in 1860 Virginia and Mississippi had in particular about 400,000 slaves, but the Virginia population also had 58,000 free blacks, as disapproving to only 773 in Mississippi. At the same time, South Carolina was the only state to have the majority slave population, but still in all southern states slavery served as the foundation for their concerned interaction with political order.