American History Federal Government Post Term Paper

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Because of the loss of so many men during this war, the country suffered economically. With the abolishment of slavery, the south's economics suffered tremendously. Blacks could no longer be force to work the cotton and agricultural fields for free and many migrated north for better opportunities. This left the south with limited economic opportunities as they were not quick to become industrialized like the north was. Many immigrants settle in the northern region of the United States were job opportunities were much better. The cotton industry of the American south not only affected the economy of the southern states, it also affected countries overseas. Scotland is one of those countries. Because of the American Civil War and the loss of slave labor, Paisley, a city in Scotland suffered a major loss to its economy (Peters, 2001).

Since the Union won the American Civil War, it stands to reason that they were the party that was in charge. As such, they were able to revise the United
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States Constitution to suit their needs. The Articles of Confederation outline many things and in particular, it outlines in Article VI what rights are denied the states. Article IX of the Confederation outlines the rights granted to the federal government. Although the states did retain some of their rights, it is clear that the article forbids any two or more states to enter into any type of treaty among other things. This may have been necessary to keep the country united instead of divided as it was previously with some states supporting slavery and some states against it. What is ironic is that the American Revolutionary War was fought so that the States could gain independence from the monarchy of England. What has happened is that this country has gone from the states being autonomous to each state falling under the rule and leadership of the federal government. The United States is not a monarchy, but it is somewhat patterned after one.


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Peters, Lorraine. (2001). Paisley and the cotton famine of 1862 --…

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Foner, Eric. (2008). Reconstruction lessons. Nation, 286(4), 4-6.

Peters, Lorraine. (2001). Paisley and the cotton famine of 1862 -- 1863. Scottish Economic & Social History, 21(2), 121-139.

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