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Old June 27th, 2015, 08:31 AM   #211
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Cotton was the lynch pin by which economic activity throughout this country flowed during that period.

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In 1791, the yearly cotton production was about two million pounds. By the 1860s, cotton was being produced at the rate of one billion pounds per year. The economic wealth reaped from cotton fields funded the building of railroads and the country's western expansion. Cotton paid for more than half of the nation's imports and helped fuel the Northeast's textile industry, which in turn created jobs for Americans and immigrants alike. The wealth of Northern cotton exporters, insurers and transporters was indirectly acquired through the South's slave labor. A large part of the nation's free population shared in the benevolence of King Cotton.
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The the post war boom following WWII was significant, you can't just ignore the Era of Industrialization. Slave labor was absolutely essential to reaching that point.
Considering that the vast majority of the Second Industrial Revolution took place after the Thirteenth Amendment was already ratified, I highly doubt slave labor was at all "absolutely essential".
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Considering that the vast majority of the Second Industrial Revolution took place after the Thirteenth Amendment was already ratified, I highly doubt slave labor was at all "absolutely essential".
Try achieving that without railroads and the crops that kept those railroads in business. Economics does not work that way. One era allows another era to rise. Simple logic would suggest that a war would not have been fought if slave labor was not an essential ingredient in wealth formation that made what followed possible.
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Try achieving that without railroads and the crops that kept those railroads in business. Economics does not work that way. One era allows another era to rise. Simple logic would suggest that a war would not have been fought if slave labor was not an essential ingredient in wealth formation that made what followed possible.
A war would not have been fought and it would be impossible for this nation to be decided then and now if the federal government abided by the Constitution.
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Considering that the vast majority of the Second Industrial Revolution took place after the Thirteenth Amendment was already ratified, I highly doubt slave labor was at all "absolutely essential".
Industrial base gets built on industrial base.
When the Boston Manufacturing Company opened the world's first vertically integrated cotton mill in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1807, taking in bales of cotton, and turning out rolls of cloth it was based on cotton, when in 1850, the worlds first assembly line began operation a few blocks away, it was possible because of the large numbers of skilled mechanics, machinists, and the tool making industry that had built up as a result, and the availability of skilled technicians in the area, created the leading edge technology incubator, and is one of the reasons that there are more genetic engineering companies in and around the area than any where else in the world.
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