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The Transportation Revolution and Antebellum Sectional Disagreement

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Title: The Transportation Revolution and Antebellum Sectional Disagreement
Author(s): Binder, John J.
Subject(s): transportation revolution antebellum political equilibrium sectional disagreement
Abstract: The transportation revolution had several important effects on the antebellum political equilibrium. First, it caused western and southern political views to differ by bringing more easterners and European immigrants into the West. Second, it reduced the costs of rerouting western exports to the non-South, which decreased the expected costs to the West of conflict with the South. Third, it greatly increased western population, which brought more free states into the Union and changed the balance in the Senate. Fourth, it increased northern numerical superiority over the South, giving the North a major advantage if an armed conflict did occur. These changes led the West to ally with the East and caused the South to secede.
Issue Date: 2011-03
Publisher: Duke University Press
Citation Info: Binder, J. J. 2011. The Transportation Revolution and Antebellum Sectional Disagreement. Social Science History, 35(1): 19-57. DOI: 10.1215/01455532-2010-016
Type: Article
Description: This is a copy of an article published in Social Science History, © 2011 Duke University Press. The original version is available through Duke University Press at DOI: 10.1215/01455532-2010-016.
ISSN: 0145-5532
Date Available in INDIGO: 2011-05-27

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