North

Chandler Webb

  • Average person in the North was better off than those in Europe. They had better housing, food, and clothes.
  • Manufacturing was seen as a higher class than agriculture for them.
  • The Northerners that had less success generally worked harder in the hopes of moving West, having their kids do better, and achieving a higher status.
  • The lower class was generally actively involved in politics because it made them feel as if they were still a big part of society.
  • However, the political rights went to men only.


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  • Time at home was much less important in the North than it was in the South. The home was just for house keeping and raising the children, nothing more. The father was the main figure in the house.
  • If a man and a women separated, the man would always get custody of the children.
  • Women were viewed as consumers rather than producers and were known for keeping guests entertained and taking care of the house. They hardly ever had an education past elementary school.
  • Women were generally more religious than the men and instructed their children in the world of their religion also.
  • Female literature and independence starts forming here.
  • The average family had around 7 kids. However, there was a decline in birth rate and an increase in abortions and abstinence.
  • Lower classes would often work in factories or mills in terrible conditions.
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  • Northeastern agriculture declines due to the Northwest having more success with it. Many of them shifted and moved further West.
  • Food became a big production to sell to nearby cities.
  • As time went on, agriculture became less and less important.
  • In the Northwest, industry increased. They mostly produced farm machinery, flour, meat whiskey, and leather/woolen goods.
  • The NW agriculture also increased. They produced corn, wheat, cattle, sheep, and hogs for the Northeast, England, and parts of Europe.