Slavery was made uneconomical by the industrial revolution. That’s why the brits were first – because they started the industrial revolution. American abolition was partly christian, partly feminists wanting to use africans as the first step to the female vote, and partly if not mostly, so that the south (that paid the taxes that paid for the government), would not control the rest of the continent leaving the northeast an industrial power ruled by an agrarian south. … So never attribute to moral conviction that which is merely an expression of economic self interest. People never advocate for paying higher cost.
—“Most people do not know that the south paid 3/4 of all government taxes through excise fees and only received about one quarter back in government benefits.”–Walter Wojton
—“Worth mentioning the abolitionists with foresight that argued the slave trade was a demographic time bomb”–Chris Jones
—“As I understand it, most working class Americans opposed slavery for the same reasons they oppose immigration today: it undercut American wages and was really only of benefit to and pushed hard by the plantation owning elite who wanted the cheaper labor…just like today.”–Scott Strong
—“Our current immigration crisis it’s just another form of slavery through using low-value workers to bolster profits.”—Robert Danis