Following the War of 1812, America entered a period known as the Antebellum Era, meaning "before the Civil War," which lasted from 1815 to 1861. This period was characterized by the Market Revolution, which saw the birth of American capitalism and caused major social and economic change. From the year 1815 to 1850, slavery remained an established institution, economic change in the North East led to industrialization which in turn caused other economic and social changes, and a shift in America's social climate caused the growth of the abolitionist movement. One change that transformed American society was industrialization. Prior to the War of 1812, American society was mostly comprised of yeoman farmers who subsisted through trade and barter,
In this paper I will address the following topics: The Industrial Revolution and Slavery and Abolition in America. I hope that by the end of this paper the reader will understand and know; why slavery was created, who created slavery, what ended slavery, and what started the Industrial Revolution. After, reading this paper I hope that you will able to gain knowledge and understanding about these topics. Slavery Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619 to work in the tobacco crops.
During this time period there was many writers writing both for and against the South. A major person in history, Thomas Jefferson, would write against the North and for the South. That is only one of many example from back then, but at this time some of the greatest critics of the South were from the South. Some people believe the South has such a long memory on the civil war because they lost, and even though some people in the current South want many of their peers to just forget about that time in history, many will not give it up.
As the antebellum Americans made several advancements in technological innovations, this helped the North overcome the South agriculturally. With the new inventions such as the cotton gin, the reaper, the steel tipped plow, and new ways to revive unfertile soil, the North had many advantages to aid them while they were gone to war. As these new inventions were created each had an impact on how and why the differences between the North and South came to be. Although the creation of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney improved the South’s economy it also made the South more dependent on slaves.
In the mid-nineteenth-century, the economic power switched in the South from the “upper South” to the “lower South,” which was expanding agriculturally. This switch resulted in the growth of a cotton-based economy. Economically, the change from cultivating tobacco and rice to cotton helped immensely. The high demand for cotton led to tremendous profits in the South and this drew the population to move to the prospering agricultural lands. The increase in cotton farming made African American slaves a necessity to the white males.
Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin resulted in cotton becoming America's leading crop. Within 60 years America's production of cotton quadrupled making cotton the primary export in the United States. The growth of the cotton production due to the invention of the cotton gin resulted in the need for more textile mills in the Northern United States.
At the beginning of the 18th century tobacco was the main cash crop for southerners, however by the end of this century tobacco prices were beginning to decline, resulting in more debts for the south. The invention of Cotton Gin will not only help the south recover from the losses of tobacco and switch to another successful cash crop, but also set the south on the path of the industrialized mass production. On a boat to South Carolina Eli Whitney met the widow of Nathaniel Greene a famous general in the American Revolution and was invited to come to her house. While residing there he learned about the problems associated with the production of cotton.
In History class we are doing an essay over something of our choosing. I chose technology and how it affected people. On how it affected people in the mid 1800’s, the region, and the country. Did it have any implications towards the upcoming war. I am going to write about the Cotton Gin.
Slavery was a national establishment when the American Revolution came around. The number slaves were minor, but there were least a few in every colony. Even before the ratification of the Constitution, Northern States were on the start of abolishing slavery outright or passing laws that provided gradual emancipation. The Northern Ordinance was passed in 1787, barring slavery from territories that were recently established during that period, so slavery was immediately eradicated, existing only in the South. Slavery was heavily embedded in almost every aspect of life of the American South during the 1800’s.
The industrial revolution was in the late 1800s and early 1900s it is what made america. What i will be displaying you in the cotton gin. The cotton gin was an invention to make it easier to take the seeds out of cotton. The inventor of this mechanism was Eli Whitney. This was one of the key inventions of the industrial revolution and shaped the economy of the South.
The Invention of the cotton gin greatly affected the growth of the south in the 1800s. It did so in many ways including effecting the souths economy, and causing the south to have a much higher demand for slaves. Eli Whitney’s invention revolutionized the cotton industry and caused it to grow and prosper. Because of this the south became a huge producer in the cotton industry causing the economy to skyrocket. One reason why Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin boosted the souths economy was the fact that it made cotton production much faster.
Throughout the development of the colonies in America, slave trade grew to be a significant source of labor in primarily southern plantations within the late seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. During the era, with slaves being condemned to be considered socially inferior by law, and the increase in demand of goods such as rice and indigo, the slave labor force became a notable source for southern plantations in the eighteenth century. Slaves and people of color had always been considered to be socially inferior even before the colonies existed. With a sense of paternalism in Great Britain, people have always believed that those considered slaves,or servants rather, were second class citizens, and these people needed to be suppressed for their own best interests.
Economic Change in America Change is relevant within every time period, however, very substantial changes took place in the Americas following the War of 1812. Future success of the American society was to be dictated by the support the federal government supplied to domestic manufacturing and infrastructure to make drastic improvements economically. The imposition of high tariffs, advancements in transportation and the development of the cotton gin are among the most important changes made in the United States during this time.
Between the 1820s and 1860s, a time period that was greatly influenced by the Industrial Revolution, people were willing to work hard so that they could provide for their families. Slaves were still being used to help develop the United States of America by harvest crops such as cotton, and please their “masters.” were forced to work and help develop the country. Both slavery and industry helped the country grow financially. Slaves had to work harder to meet higher cotton demands. The introduction of the cotton gin also aided in the aided in the rapid production of cotton (PIIP 9).