The Economic Power of the Antebellum North

Grade Level High School
Location Antebellum North, United States
Time Period 1800-1899
Topic Economic Development, Industrialization, Transportation and Movement, Urban Growth and Change


By the 1850s, there was a great deal of wealth in the northern and mid-western states. There was also the promise of much more wealth, as the slogan of the newly formed Republic Party promised: Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men. But the fate of the western territories was hotly contested and it would be the horrific events of the Civil War that would determine their status. What was the situation of these northern states of the eve of succession?
You may do this lesson in conjunction with The Slave Economy of the South.

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