A House Dividing
by John Majewski (9780521025362)

A House Dividing
 
John Majewski
Release Date: 30 March 2006
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 236
Category: History Of The Americas
ISBN: 9780521025362
ISBN-10: 0521025362



Professor Majewski compares Virginia and Pennsylvania to explain how slavery undermined the development of the southern economy. In the beginning of the nineteenth century, residents in each state financed transportation improvements to raise land values and spur commercial growth. However, by the 1830s, Philadelphia capitalists began financing Pennsylvania's railroad network, building integrated systems that reached the Midwest. Virginia's railroads remained a collection of lines without western connections. The lack of a major city that could provide capital and traffic for large-scale railroads was the weakness of Virginia's slave economy.

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