Difference Between Prior To The Industrial Revolution Of The 1800s

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The Industrial Revolution of the 1800s
Prior to the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, the Thirteen Original Colonies were basically entirely based on an agriculture society. For the most part, the population was spread out and there was no sense of unity nor were there any real cities. If a family was in trouble there were normally not any close neighbors to help so the families were forced to simply rely on themselves. This was the same for both the Northern and the Southern regions. The industrial development from 1800 to 1860 affected the North and the South in very different ways. The differences eventually caused an amazing amount of tension between the two regions as they moved in completely separate directions. The economies, cultures,
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The South continued to be an agricultural society while the North quickly changed into a society that depended on factories and manufacturing products. The majority of the country’s factories were in the North, while almost all the raw materials came from the South. This actually made a lot of sense when you look at the geography and climate of each region. The North had more rivers which encouraged better transportation and the development of factories. Also the colder weather in the North and the presence of the mountains does not provide the ideal farming setup. The South, however, has warmer weather and flatter land which provides a better agricultural opportunity. This all meant that each region had different work opportunities with agricultural in the South and manufacturing in the North which in turn meant each region had different needs. The South was entirely dependent on slaves, while the North was increasingly dependent on technology and Southern farms. Since the South remained agricultural, the technological gap between the South and the North became ever more noticeable. However, there was a downside to the North 's technological advancement. More and more people moved to the cities resulting in increasing dependence on outside food sources. There was also a tremendous increase in immigration which in turn caused an increase in crime and the need for additional medical …show more content…
In the North, a middle class emerged, as did the value of education and the self-made man. The jobs in the factories in the North were very much the same. People were no longer working for themselves. The women in the North started having more opportunities to get work, because factory owners were more likely to hire people if they were willing to work for less money. With women working more and everyone doing basically the same thing, a sense of equality started to develop. The idea of a common man became popular among Northerners. With more thoughts of equality, more men began to get involved in politics. The idea of the common man was not, however, how the South functioned. The South was more of a society that thought there where only a select few of the elite were to be involved in politics. Education was not as prevalent in the South. Without education, there was really no opportunity for a poor person to build themselves up and become successful. Unlike in the North, there was a solid belief that women shouldn’t be involved in politics or be in the work place and that women should be seen and not heard. These traditional gender roles amounted to the domestic enslavement of women. Because the South’s economy was based on agricultural products and raw materials such as cotton, there were often large plantations. Though the majority of

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