Did Capitalism cause the Civil War?

Dilandu

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How so in the case of slavery? How did Abolitionists gain wealth by destroying slavery?

They didn't. But the North industrialists, who supported abolitionists movement, did - by firstly reducing the political power of slaveholders (and thus creating favorable situation for northern capitals), secondly by conquering Southern markets, and thirdly by obtaining the large ammount of eager workforce in case of freed blacks.
 

leftyhunter

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They didn't. But the North industrialists, who supported abolitionists movement, did - by firstly reducing the political power of slaveholders (and thus creating favorable situation for northern capitals), secondly by conquering Southern markets, and thirdly by obtaining the large ammount of eager workforce in case of freed blacks.
Not so sure about all that. There certainly wasn't a sudden wave of industrialization post ACW. The Tennessee Valley didn't even have adequate power until at least the late 1930s.
Both Forrest and Davis did not have their land bought from them by Northern speculator's. Davis N fact had to self finance the sale of his plantation to a former slave but it didn't work out.
Not much of a market place for Northern businesses interests in the South until well after the ACW.
Yes some Northern businesses men gave money to the Abolitionists but that could very well be for moral reasons.
Northern factories recruited primarily Italian and East European Jews to work their factories until 1920s era restrictions on immigration.
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