Civil War Economic Causes

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Economic Causes of the Civil War

Ever since the colonies were built, the north and south had different sources for the economy. Over time, the differences were more drastic. These drastic economies from the north and south were a major cause towards the civil war

The Different Economies
The north’s economy was mostly industry. When the Industrial Revolution occurred, many people went to cities to work in factories. By 1860, 26% of northern citizens lived in urban places. It was convenient for the north to do this because of the fast moving rivers for some engines, the vast amount of lumber from forests and a lot of immigrants for labor. By 1860, 90% of manufacturing came from the north.

South The south was mostly based on agriculture.