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Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM via web

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Discuss how after the divisiveness and devastation of the Civil War, the US searched for order economically. 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 19, 2012 at 3:46 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that the element of economic order was essential following the Civil War.  The conflict between the North and South had as much to do with economics as anything else.  The Northern industrialization was pitted against Southern cotton and slavery.  With the result of the Civil War, industry won out.  This becomes the dominant unifying force as both North and South recognized the profitability in enabling industrial growth and railroad proliferation to unify both regions of the country.  At the same time, the shared industrialization following the Civil War allowed the West and the South to become linked through common markets and economic interests.  The divisiveness and fragmentation that was shown in the Civil War became quickly replaced by an economic unity that was predicated upon industry, proliferation of wealth, and the expansion of markets.  An almost "Second Industrial Revolution" took place, this time in the North and the South.  This became the unifying force in which Northerners and Southerners could agree on the need to make and keep money.

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