Discussion Two day travel to New York City, 1857.

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The two day travel area included most of Kentucky. It included w. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. This 10 state area included a near majority of the US population and almost all of its industry. Inside this zone it was hard to convince people that the capital was far away, representation was unfair, or that the politicians in Washington, D.C. and New York would not make concessions to the region as whole.
Outside of this zone, it was possible for people to think that colonial conditions still existed. Outside this zone, local currencies, local traditions and local power made a good deal more sense.
 

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http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas/142/c/ A corollary, it was possible for people involved in cotton growing, most of which went overseas to England and France, to have no commitment to the US economy or to US prosperity. In contrast, people involved in the US iron/steel/coal industries, or in direct communication with those areas, were more likely to see their interests connected to the growth of the US economy, and a steep excise tax on British and Russian iron as well as British equipment.
 

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Each person can decide for themself how closely the wave of secession divided along these lines based on railroad transportation and the beginnings of industrialization.
 
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