After the Sale: Slaves Going South from Richmond, Eyre Crowe, 1853

Slavery Spreads

In the mid-ninteenth century, scores of slaves from the upper South were sold to plantations in the Deep South and western states, such as Texas and Arkansas, where production was booming. The spreading nature of slavery alarmed Lincoln and many other Northerners for moral, political and economic reasons. Lincoln believed slavery should remain in the South, as the Founding Fathers intended.