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Around 1700s-1800s era where slavery was an issue, what were the Southern whites occupation possibilities?

By occupation possibilities I assume you mean what sort of work could southern whites engage in?  Most were small farmers or sharecroppers.  A large percentage of southern either worked someone else's land and shared in the profit from the harvest (sharecropping) or they owned a small farm themselves and worked it.  There was very little manufacturing in the South since there were so few waterfalls to generate the necessary power to run mills or factories, so farming was really the only other option.

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Steve Anderson, MA


Any area of American History, EXCEPT military history or economic history, these are not strong points of mine. Areas of particular expertise include the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 19th century women's history, 1950s-1960s popular culture, 1920s, Colonial America, Jacksonian Era, migration west, immigration, ethnic history, presidential decisions, treaties, tariffs, causes and results of wars, and entertainment history since World War II (television, movies, and music.)


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