2007.10.17 - Expansion and War

2007.10.17 - Expansion and War - [EXPANSION AND WAR History...

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[ EXPANSION AND WAR ] History 150 · Discussion 304 · Hughes October 17, 2007 S LAVEHOLD ING E XPANSION - Soil Exhaustion - Cotton has destroyed the soil - it depleats the soil of nutrients very quickly - big problem for southern slaveholders, especially in the East - alternatives: diversification, agric, reform - you could diversify - you could put slave labor in factories - the South produces a huge amount of cotton, why not just train slaves in factories - the slaves could spin the cotton into textiles in the South then, instead of North - the reason this doesn’t happen is because it is extremely costly to start-up a factory - also, once a slave is committed to a factory job, you can’t take them out, so when the price of cotton textiles falls, suddenly it’s much more profitable to produce cotton - promote agricultural reform - there are about 6 or 8 guys in the south that know how to reform - but this is a long-term investment and nobody will listen - increasing dependence on land and slaves - less and less diversification -
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