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The South was incredibly resistant to the market revolution because of the dual economy. The dual economy blocked off rural areas from trade with the rest of the country. The dual economy was sustained by slavery. After the fall of slavery, the south was forced to modernize rapidly. - Zack Dutke

The market revolution, particularly in the northeast, played a huge role in the expansion of the South and the slave labor needed to match such growth. With the mass production of factories particularly north of Pennsylvania, the south was forced to expand its territories in order to supply cotton and other such materials to the North. Slavery thrived in this environment of seemingly unlimited land and resources needing only someone to harvest them. -Declan Forrer

Despite the clear advantage that the northern factory model presented in terms of revenues, southern plantation owners kept investing in maintaining their slaves. This shows how the economic culture of the (coastal) South is part of a broader system of beliefs and values that go beyond purely capitalist considerations. Self-sufficiency of plantations was a social goal, in the style of the European landed aristocracy that would live out of their property. - Valerian Girardeau

In 1850, Edward Winslow entertained the idea of cultural improvements to the social and religious state of the population. However, some southern Americans were still impartial to these improvements. This disengagement had to do with the prominence of slavery in the south’s plantation economy. Parts of the south were becoming more integrated into the Atlantic market economy from the beginning of the tobacco trade. The market revolution was what eventually led to the expansion in the south and the beginning of a “dual economy” which divided districts to have specific responsibilities. - Annie

The Market Revolution helped the South truly embed its antebellum roots. The south further expanded its economy by increasing their production. One way they increased production of southern goods, was through a greater reliance through slavery. The south became more integrated into the market economy because of this. The “dual economy” which was created by the market revolution further strengthened the South even more. - Hank Leighty

One part of the economy of the south (however small) were enslaved african americans contributing what they had to sell. The piece talks about how whatever small plot of land or few farm animals the enslaved were given/earned were put to use as a part of the economy. These interactions were often done on Sundays, as that was the only day off for most of the year. In the economic sense, slaves that could contribute became “a kind of freeman on Sunday.” - Ewan H

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