Talk:Antebellum South Carolina

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Nullification Crisis[edit]

"During the war, tarrifs on exported goods were raised to support America's military efforts, but afterward Northern lawmakers continued to vote for higher and higher taxes on exports and imports. These surcharges punished the South for selling its goods in Europe instead of the North. The new laws also forced the South to buy its manufactured goods from the North." First of all, try spelling "tariffs" correctly. Secondly, there were no taxes on exports. Thirdly, how did tariffs "force the South to buy its manufactured goods from the North"? What would have been wrong with making their own goods as many Southern leaders had urged? -- a reader

The article isn't clear about the tariff controversy. Northerners wanted the tariff to protect the new manufacturing industries. The South still had an agricultural economy and did not benefit from those tariffs. It believed the tariffs worked against its economic interests. More needs to be added for clarification.--Parkwells 21:52, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
In one paragraph the editor says "Many Southerners thought this a reasonable compromise". This needs a reference citation - who were the many Southerners? Legislators, a poll? Then there are three names offering a different opinion, but only one person of the three is identified as to public role. It would be useful to identify all of them.--Parkwells 21:52, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Also in the last paragraph of this section, the editor needs to be more neutral in POV about presenting positions of the North and South. As a result of compromises when the constitution was written, the South had had political dominance for years because enslaved African Americans counted as 3/5 persons in counting the population of Southern states. Their higher populations were based on slavery although slaves couldn't vote. Therefore, Southern states had higher representation in Congress than their voting populations deserved. As the 19th century went on, the North was increasing in population because of new European immigrants and beginning to overtake the longstanding population dominance of the South based on partial counting of slaves. --Parkwells 21:13, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

The Vesey Plot and Indian Removal Act[edit]

This section doesn't contain any material on the Indian Removal Act. Will it be added? Do these topics belong together?--Parkwells 21:13, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

The cotton gin's effect[edit]

There are no numbers given to provide understanding of overall population or population in different regions before and after the cotton gin was introduced. No numbers makes it hard to understand changing demographics in the Low Country and Upcountry. How many enslaved African Americans were imported, how many ended up in the upcountry counties? It would be beneficial to have data as well as narrative. --Parkwells 15:00, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Slavery in South Carolina[edit]

This section doesn't contain any data, even basic demographics, to tell readers about the enslaved African Americans themselves - how many there were, what trades and skills they practiced, what proportion of the population they comprised, what their culture was about. They were people with their own culture, not just an abstract serving white men. This was a period when the Gullah-Geechee culture developed in the Low Country. It has been recognized as a unique culture with a definable language and religious traditions with ties to Africa.--Parkwells 14:55, 16 October 2007 (UTC)--Parkwells 16:41, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

I could be wrong, but isn't the first sentence of the last paragraph discussing William Harper, not Thomas Harper? 69.181.79.187 (talk) 01:32, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

In-line citations[edit]

I've added a couple of in-line citations which show up on the edit page, but do not show up automatically under Citations, and on the regular page, do not open up the cite. I don't know how to fix this.--Parkwells (talk) 16:28, 7 March 2008 (UTC)