Lowell Mills and Slater's Mill and how they led to the civil war

These mills in the Northern states produced textiles, (clothes) which required cotton from the South. They were powered by rivers, and the invention of the cotton gin sprouted the production of many textile mills. The increased need for cotton in the north increased the need for more slaves in the South.

Southern cotton and Northern textiles had had a cooperative relationship. The North's appetite for raw cotton spurred increased cotton production and the expansion of slavery.

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