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In 1861 a great war in American history began It was a civil war between the north and south that was by no means civil This war would have great repercussions upon the economy of this country and the states within it The American Civil War began with secession creating a divided union of sorts and sparked an incredibly cataclysmic four years Although the actual war began with secession this was not the only driving force The economy of the Southern states the Confederacy greatly if not entirely depended on the institution of slavery The Confederacy was heavily reliant on agriculture and they used the profits made from the sale of such raw materials to purchase finished goods to use and enjoy Their major export was cotton which thrived on the warm river deltas and could easily be shipped to major ocean ports from towns on the Mississippi and numerous river cities Slavery was a key part of this as slaves were the ones who harvested and planted the cotton Being such an enormous unpaid work force the profits made were extraordinarily high and the price for the unfinished goods drastically low in comparison especially since he invention of the cotton gin in 1793 which made the work all that much easier and quicker In contrast the economical structure of the Northern states the Union was vastly dependent on industry Slavery did not exist in most of the Union as there was no demand for it due to the type of industrial development taking place As the Union had a paid work force the profits made were lower and the cost of the finished manufactured item higher In turn the Union used the profits and purchased raw materials to use This cycle is referred to as interdependency By 1860 ninety-five percent of the United States manufacturing occurred in states north of the 3630 line conceived for the Missouri Compromise Many of these states were also
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