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Describe the impact of the Civil War on the economies of the North and South.

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The Civil War caused the destruction of the Southern economy, while the war aided the growth of the Northern economy. The war was, for the most part, fought in the South, and, following the war, the South was in ruins. Even before the war, the South lacked the infrastructure of the North; for example, the North had many more miles of railroad tracks than the south. Following the war, the South had little capital and remained largely agricultural. However, the destruction caused by the war (and the loss of slave labor) meant that the South did not recover to pre-war agricultural levels for several years.

The North, on the other hand,...

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