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Another change in society during the American Revolution was in passing down land ownership. The two common methods of passing down land ownership were entail, which was legal in all of the colonies except South Carolina and primogeniture.

Entail allowed the deceased to notate who got the land, usually, this was the eldest son so that the family wealth and power remained intact.

Primogeniture allowed the ownership to pass on to the eldest son with or without a will. Assaults on these two methods were successful because they were British methods of ownership.

In the South, both methods were envied and despised. In 1786, entail became illegal and in 1792, primogeniture followed suit. Now all children of the deceased could inherit property, including women. Americans made great strides but the economic order was not touched.

One problem the Americans had to deal with was what to do with the loyalists and their lands. The states confiscated the lands, divided them up and sold them. For example, New York divided the Tory Delancy's land into 250 sections and sold to 250 families.

Americans were land hungry because when you owned land, you were wealthy and you had political and economic status within your community. There was one problem in buying land, inflation. The paper money printed by congress was worthless.

Veterans received free land as bounties for enlistment. The land grants were located west of the Appalachians; most veterans sold these grants to speculators, who in turn sold them to the public who had to buy land. There was a small area in the northwest reserved for Connecticut citizens who lost their lands during the British occupation during the war.

The final change in American life, though not finally solved until the end of the Civil War, was slavery. The United States government regulated the slave trade but did not abolish the institution. Slavery is the black mark of American history. Americans were fighting for freedom and liberty but these ideals did not fit with the slave holding of the South.

The attack on slavery came from the North. In 1775, Philadelphia created the first anti-slavery society. In 1780, Pennsylvania emancipated its slaves. In the North, slavery had become uneconomical, but in the South, it was a matter of economic survival, a way of life. In the South, slavery was the economic system. Tied to the economics of slavery was the fact that the slaves were the labor force. It was also a system of controlling blacks because, in southern social thought, blacks were inferior to the white man.

Jefferson a slaveholder himself wanted to limit the spread of slavery. He tried successfully to eliminate slavery in the Northwest, North of the Ohio. The South, however, was not willing to end slavery because, without the slave labor, the South would face economic decimation as proved correct during the Civil War. As a compromise, the Congress passed the Federal Slave Trade law in order to get the constitution passed. The invention of the cotton gin caused the spread of slavery into the West to Texas.