Sectionalism In The South

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Growth of sectionalism in America eventually led to the informal separation of the North and the South, it divided a relatively new country almost immediately since labor evolved in both sections along with the new transportation rising throughout the country, in some places greater than others. King Cotton continued to thrive throughout the fields of the South, but it simultaneously held them back from creating the technological wonders that were found in Northern factories. After the Great Famine, Irish immigrants flooded the U.S., looking for new opportunities, a chance to start a new life in America after leaving the chaos in Europe. The South offered no jobs to the desperate Irish, plantation owners had no logical reason to hire people…show more content…
D), they had complete control over slaves, something they couldn’t do with the Irish. Jobs would require a plantation owner to give up some of his profits to pay his workers, that wasn’t the Southern ideal. Their goal was to become a prosperous individual. In the North, it was a different story, plenty of job opportunities were available since their technology had advanced them to huge factory corporations that needed extensive amounts of people. By 1600, there were 70,000 manufacturing establishments located in the North compared to the small amount of a little under 30,000 in the Southern states (Doc.I), the Irish came in rushing to factories, like Lowell’s system in Massachusetts. It led them to favor the North and eventually form resentment towards Southern states, increasing sectionalism in the country. By 1850, the factory culture had expanded so much in the North that mothers were told to encourage the business to their young children (Doc. F). The factory system and slavery ceased to exist…show more content…
A few politicians were clueless about the relationship between the North and the South, like one of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, “. . . agriculture, manufactures and commerce. . . These three important branches of human industry will grow together. . .” (Doc. A). He knew what was going to happen, but politicians needed to assure each other that none of this would occur, and that it would eventually all fall into place which it never did. Ten years later, he realized in an another letter that slavery would soon cause a bloody ending. Along with Jefferson, in the mid 1800’s, States started taking their own action. In 1828, The South Carolina Exposition disclosed the unfair advantage that the North had against them (Doc. C). Their sectionalism had brought them to bring full states to go against the entire North by the late 1820’s. Legal action had already taken place as well, earlier that same decade. The Missouri Compromise Legally separated the the Northern states and the Southern States in 1820. Sectionalism had divided them due to economically differences, they could not decide as a country on how to deal with freedom and slavery, instead they drew a line down the damn country

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