But did New Englanders in large numbers kill American citizens to preserve slavery?When one third of families owned slaves, and two thirds did not, how do you reach a majority benefiting?
But it's true that people other than slave owners benefited. Slave merchants from New England benefited for decades. Anyone who bought Southern Cotton, be they Northern textile mills, or European textile mills, benefited from Southern slave labor. Anyone who wore clothing made from that cotton benefited. The financial and material products related to slavery went far and wide throughout the US and Europe.