The mechanical cotton picker didn’t come into use until 1942. Slavery wasn’t dieing out because of technological innovation in the 1800’s. Some places it just didn’t fit very well like the great plains. That did not stop the slavery advocates from trying to push into that area.
The title of this thread is “The Myth of Northern Innocence”. . and that it is, a MYTH. Scripture deals more with what the slave’s attitude toward his master should be rather than stressing the “eeeevils” of the slave master. . but keep feeling superior to all us “damn Rebels” here in the South. (Never mind Northerners were greedy slave sellers and trackers; but that’s just an inconvenient truth that doesn’t fit the myth.)