Thursday, January 21, 2010
Was urbanization crucial to southern life after the civil war?
The post-civil war south was left in ruins in terms of infrastructure, economic value and population. The production of iron, lumber, tobacco and sugar cane all contributed to the establishment of the "New South". These new institutions created jobs and attracted northerners for business and politics. The racial prejudice however still existed and many owners of these industries refused to give blacks a job. The establishment of state governments helped to establish a public education system, orphanages and hospitals. The "New South" created jobs for many, black and white alike, and helped re-establish the economy and infrastructure lost immediately following the Civil War, therefore the urbanization of the south was a crucial part after the civil war.