How were the food supplies and homes PRE-Civil War and POST-Civil War?Iam supposed to describe the food supplies in pre and post Civil War, and the homes pre and post Civil War.

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Pre- and post-Civil War American homes: I assume you are talking about the American Civil War.

I don't know that I can give you a good answer, but here is what I know.

In the South, before the war, there were few planters rich enough to have huge mansions with white columns.  Most planters lived in a frame house or a double log cabin in which the space between the two cabins was roofed over and called a dog trot.  Most farmers in the South were not big enough to be planters; most of them lived in cabins.  After the war, there were even fewer big houses with white columns in the South, because Republican troops liked to burn the big houses because they saw the big houses as symbols of Southern culture and they were out to destroy Southern culture.

In the North, there were probably lots more urban houses and tenaments for factory workers after the war than before, because during the war, the Republican government spent a lot of money to buy clothing, food, munitions, arms, etc., for its armies.  Thus, manufacturing grew in the North and more factory workers were needed.