Regionalization - REGIONALIZATION I The New South/Gulf...

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REGIONALIZATION I. The New South/Gulf Coast a. Extension of the South – around 1810, southern states began opening up,  mostly due to the removal of the Indians and flood control. The  development of new types of cotton allowed southern farmers to have  huge plantations, additionally, the soil and weather were perfect for the  crop. People were beginning to move from Virginia to Georgia and  Alabama – and taking their slaves with them. In the 1830s, there was a lot  of talk of abolishing slavery in Virginia. Since the tobacco and cotton  industry was slowing in Virginia, the plantation owners needed to turn a  profit and did so by selling slaves to Alabama, Georgia, etc. The  plantations in the New South were like factories – every slave has their  one task to do and becomes a specialist at it. The westward movement  gave the south a new life.   i. Identification with the South b. Fertility i. Black Belt c. Restrictions on settlement i. Indians ii. Flooding iii. Traditional form of cotton d. Prosperity i. Abundance of cotton ii. Slave labor 1. Even larger increase in slave population 2. Center of slave labor and later Confederacy – some call  slavery a total institution, every part of their lives were  controlled.  II. Burdensome Nature of Existence III. Regionalization a. Increasing social control – as America became larger, older, and more 
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course AMS 355 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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