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Unformatted text preview: [ EXPANSION AND WAR ] H istory 150 Â· Discussion 304 Â· Hughes October 17, 2007 S LA V E H O L D I N G E XPA NS I O N- 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 doesnâ€™t happen is because it is extremely costly to start-up a factory- also, once a slave is committed to a factory job, you canâ€™t take them out, so when the price of cotton textiles falls, suddenly itâ€™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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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIST 150 taught by Professor Kantrowitz during the Winter '07 term at Wisconsin.
- Winter '07