This PowerPoint presentation looks at the social and economic reality of life in the Antebellum south, a reality based on the institution of slavery. It starts with an examination of the cotton gin and northern textile manufacturing on slavery in America. It then explores the social structure of the South and attempts to deal with the fact that while many / most southerners supported the institution of slavery, many / most southerners didn't own slaves. The second part of the presentation gives a very brief overview of the life of the slaves themselves. It concludes with an examination of the ways in which American politics attempted to deal with slavery prior to 1830. This presentation is used in an AP United States history class and is based on the first half of Chapter 16 of The American Pageant, 14th Edition.