North vs. South

North vs. South

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A slideshow about life in the North vs. life in the South.

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  • The North's economy, which was based mainly on the buying and selling of manufactured goods, encouraged urbanization by motivating immigrants and other people to come to the North in search of work and opportunity.
  • Many immigrants came to America in search of jobs and a new life, where some became indentured servants, while others worked in factories to earn wages.
  • African Americans in the North were free, but they still suffered from severe discrimination, and were not allowed to get good jobs, vote, or go to schools for white children.
  • The South became very rich exporting cash crops because it had a warm climate that was ideal for agriculture, which also made it very dependent on slave labor in the fields.
  • Slaves in the South were important to plantations because they harvested all of the crops and operated the machines used to process them, but some also worked in the houses of the planters as servants, personal maids, or butlers.
  • Although there was lots of slavery in the South, some slaves were able to buy their freedom, but they were still denied many rights like going to public schools, voting, or serving on a jury.
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