Compare and Contrast Economic, Social, and Political Developments in the North and South Between 1800-1860.
Topics: United States, Slavery in the United States, Political party, Slavery, Industrial Revolution, American Civil War / Pages: 4 (952 words) / Published: Jun 26th, 2012

Compare and contrast economic, social, and political developments in the North and South between 1800-1860. How do you account for the divergence between the two sections?

During 1880 to 1860, The United States of America went through social, political and economic changes, which affected the North and South in different ways.
The economy of the South depended primarily on slaves. Its settlers had plantations of cotton, which was very profitable at that time, but they needed a cheap labour force to work their lands (slaves). Living in the South meant either having a lot of money to invest on lands (for crop plantations) or working in the only available jobs, which were done by slaves. Since not everyone was able to afford high amounts of money or willing to do slave work, many decided to migrate to the North so as to find job opportunities there. These facts lead to differences in terms of population: the North grew much faster than the South. Besides, black population was concentrated in the South for its economy depended on black slaves.
The economy of the North was through commerce, industry, finance and manufacturing. Hence, its economy was much more versified and many different jobs became available: farmers, merchants, millers, manufacturers, mechanists, etc. Since the economic activity was better and grew faster, the North became the most populated region of the States and therefore, more urbanized and industrialized than the South. Due to the fact that there were almost no slaves in this region, white population grew more here. Immigrants also settled in this region for the same economic reasons. The size of the population affected some particular aspects: the development of institutions, factories and transportation networks. There were more institutions (like churches, hospitals or schools) in the North and less in the South, which meant that the North became much more literate for it had more educational services. Besides, slaves were

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