Industrial Revolution, the North, and the South

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

Did the Industrial Revolution only benefit the North, or were there advantages for the South as well?

The Industrial Revolution made the South possible. If the British (who, by the way, abolished slave trade in 1807 and slavery in colonies in 1833) did not buy American cotton, slavery wouldn’t be profitable. Needless to say, the benefits of the Industrial Revolution accrued mainly to the planters, not to slaves…

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