Pre-civil war in the south had basically 3 different social statuses: white plantation owners, poor white farmers and blacks the plantation owners were often wealthy and owned a large number of slaves that worked the fields and produced various types of agriculture such as tobacco or cotton. Lesson 4: life before the civil war in the decade-and-a-half prior to the civil war, the united states saw dramatic changes in industrialization in the north, and a rapid increase in transportation (rail and steamship) all over the country. On the eve of the civil war, cotton prices were at an all-time high the confederate leaders were confident that the importance of cotton on the world market, particularly in england and france, would provide the south with the diplomatic and military assistance they needed for victory.
Life in the plantation south slave cabin at sotterley plantation, maryland, is one of the only remaining freely accessible examples of its kind in the state plantation life created a society with clear class divisions. The pre-civil war south in the decades before the civil war, northern and southern development followed increasingly different paths by 1860, the north contained 50 percent more people than the south. Before the civil war, free blacks a-were far more numerous in the north than in the south b-were often the mulatto offspring of the white fathers and black mothers.
The southern part of the united states was vastly different from the new england area for example, the economy in the south was heavily dependent on agriculture and farming thus, many people worked on large plantations to grow crops the south had many large farms and was less industrialized than the north jobs here were different, and were also limited to a few fields (career fields, that is. Life in the north and south before the civil war students will be using primary and secondary sources to compare life in the north to life in the south in the antebellum period jessica l classroom teacher show more my grades k, 1, 2, 8 my subjects english language arts, social studies. Saint paul's episcopal church, richmond religion during the civil war contributed by charles f irons as many as two-thirds of all virginians attended a protestant church before the american civil war (1861–1865) these men and women witnessed intense conflict within their congregations and denominational councils before, during, and after the war. A glimpse of the south before the civil war we join olmsted's account as he accompanies an overseer on a tour of a large, prosperous plantation in mississippi: advertisment life on a southern plantation, 1854, eyewitness to history, wwweyewitnesstohistorycom (2005. American civil war how the end of slavery led to starvation and death for millions of black americans in the brutal chaos that followed the civil war, life after emancipation was harsh and often.
By 1830 slavery was primarily located in the south, where it existed in many different forms african americans were enslaved on small farms, large plantations, in cities and towns, inside homes, out in the fields, and in industry and transportation life of slaves before the civil war family relationships married couples children. In central south carolina, in the middle of verdant, peaceful sumter national forest, is a reminder of the deadly division and strife that tore the united states apart during the civil war. Many african americans lived in desperate rural poverty across the south in the decades following the civil war emancipation: promise and poverty for african americans in the south, life after slavery was a world transformed.
History civil war what was it like to live during the civil war life during the 1800s in america was already difficult for many people of course there were rich factory owners in the north and plantation owners in the south, but the average farmer and his family worked extremely hard just to survive. The civil war was more than just a series of battles it was a nationwide catastrophe that had a profound impact on all aspects of american society men were taken from farms, factories, and plantations and sent to fight one another leaving women and children to tend to the home front huge. The life of a soldier during the civil war wasn't easy not only did soldiers face the possibility of getting killed in battle, their daily lives were full of hardships they had to deal with hunger, bad weather, poor clothing, and even boredom between battles.
The union victory in the civil war in 1865 may have given some 4 million slaves their freedom, but the process of rebuilding the south during the reconstruction period (1865-1877) introduced a new. For many years the effect of the civil war on civilian life was neglected in the history books telling the tales of generals and soldiers on the battleground during a brutal conflict naturally took precedence. After confederate forces opened fire on fort sumter in april 1861, the vast majority of northern religious bodies—with the exception of the historic peace churches which on principle adhered to pacifism—ardently supported the war for the union.