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Hinton R. Helper

Hinton R. Helper In 1857, the Southern journalist Hinton Helper published The Impending Crisis, an examination of slavery's impact on the South. He described how, in his estimation, the slaveowners had victimized small-scale white farmers, rendering it impossible for them to compete against the free labor supplied by the slaves. He detailed the superior prosperity of the North, a fact that few Southerners cared to recognize. Helper advocated the freeing of the slaves and their return to Africa. His book was extremely popular in the North; not surprisingly, it sold poorly in the South.