The transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy took more than a century in the United States, but that long development entered its first phase from the s through the s. The Industrial Revolution had begun in Britain during the midth century, but the American colonies lagged far behind the mother country in part because the abundance of land and scarcity of labor in the New World reduced interest in expensive investments in machine production. Nevertheless, with the shift from hand-made to machine-made products a new era of human experience began where increased productivity created a much higher standard of living than had ever been known in the pre-industrial world.
The Southern economy was agrarian; agriculture was its lifeblood, and being able to cultivate fields through the use of slaves was instrumental to the region's growth. While many Southerners of the time believed that there existed a moral imperative to own slaves based upon a multitude of Biblical references to slaves, and most possessed an ingrained sense of racial superiority, there is no question that the The Southern economy was heavily dependent upon slave labor.
While many Southerners of the time believed that there existed a moral imperative to own slaves based upon a multitude of Biblical references to slaves, and most possessed an ingrained sense of racial superiority, there is no question that the ability to operate large plantations while minimizing the cost of labor was a powerful incentive to resist the growing abolitionist movement in the North.
Cotton and tobacco were major commodities vitally important to the South, and slave labor made their cultivation far more profitable than otherwise would have been the case. A sense of the importance of agriculture to the South's economy and of slavery to the growth of that economy is offered early in James McPherson's seminal history of the Civil War, Battle Cry of Freedom: Slave-grown crops sustained part of the era's economic growth and much of its territorial expansion.
The cascade of cotton from the American South dominated the world market, paced the industrial revolution in England and New England, and fastened the shackles of slavery more securely than ever on Afro-Americans.A sense of the importance of agriculture to the South's economy and of slavery to the growth of that economy is offered early in James McPherson's seminal history of the Civil War, Battle Cry of.
The Terrible Transformation years of slavery are examined in minute detail.
The Growth of Slavery is best understood by examining the following topics: "Europeans Come to Western Africa," "New World Exploration and English Ambition," "From Indentured Servitude to Racial Slavery," "The African Slave Trade," "the Middle Passage," and "The Growth of Slavery .
Import substitution industrialisation and economic growth – Evidence from the group of BRICS countries. The Economic Impact of Slavery in the South With its mild climate and fertile soil, the South became an agrarian society, where tobacco, rice, sugar, cotton, wheat, and hemp undergirded the economy.
Because of a labor shortage, landowners bought African slaves to work their massive plantations, and even small-scale farmers often used slave labor as their means allowed.
Prior to the arrival of European settlers in the 15th century the economy of what was to become South Africa was dominated by subsistence agriculture and hunting..
In the north, central and east of the country tribes of Bantu peoples occupied land on a communal basis under tribal chiefdoms.
It was an overwhelmingly pastoral economy . Defenders of slavery argued that the sudden end to the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact in the South where reliance on slave labor was the foundation of their economy.