Economic and social differences between the North and the South

What Happened?

The northern and southern states were treated much differently from each other. The south was mainly known for it's agriculture and farming and the north was known for It's factories and industries. The people of the south were also denied jobs by the people in the north because the southern people were thought of as stupid (the same goes for today). Regardless of this the people in the south became more wealthy then the people in the north relying on their factories. Most new immigrants decided to move into the north because most preferred small cities then large farms to live on, because of this the north had a large advantage when it came to the House of Representatives. The only fair way was to leave it to the senate because unlike the house it had an equal number of people from each state. Overall congress ruled slavery illegal.

How did this connect to the Civil War?

This connect to the Civil War because the south wanted slavery and the north did not. The work the south had they thought they would need slaves for the work. The north thought the slaves work wasn’t needed for there work. The north thought there was no point of slaves and said there should be no more slavery and they should have there own rights.

Other Topics Our Topic Relates To:

  • States vs Federal rights- The rights effected the economy in the north and south.
  • Cotton Gin- This relates because the south wanted slaves and the north did not.
  • Fugitive Slave Act- This relates be the south believed in slaver and the north did not.
  • The Panic of 1837 - This relates because it devastated the the and did nothing to the south.


  • Produce the two sides made were different.
  • In the north it was popular for people to live in the cities
  • It was most popular for southerners to live on farms in small towns along the coast
  • Federal government wanted to have more control
  • The states thought that they were not respected
  • more people moved in the north
  • less people moved in the south
  • south had slaves
  • north had no slaves
  • southern people were denied jobs
  • north had the advantage in the house of reps
  • Different work conductios.
  • The North had an industrial based economy.
  • The Southern economy was agriculturally based
  • The North was represented with the Whig party
  • The south represented by democrats
  • south encouraged slavery
  • north did not mind slavery, but tried to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the country
  • hapened all through out the civil war