A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and by John Majewski

By John Majewski

Professor Majewski compares Virginia and Pennsylvania to provide an explanation for how slavery undermined the improvement of the southern economic system. at first of the 19th century, citizens in each one nation financed transportation advancements to elevate land values and spur advertisement development. although, by way of the 1830s, Philadelphia capitalists started financing Pennsylvania's railroad community, construction built-in platforms that reached the Midwest. Virginia's railroads remained a suite of traces with out western connections. the shortcoming of a big urban which may offer capital and site visitors for large-scale railroads used to be the weak spot of Virginia's slave financial system.

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See, for example, Wright, Old South, New South, pp. 19-31. 26 A House Dividing Town rivalry was apparent in Albemarle's initial creation. When the county was first formed in 1744, the county court awarded Samuel Scott the right "to Build a Court House, Prison, Stocks, and pillory, (at his Own proper cost) ... 50 Scott owned a tavern and ferry near the county seat, both of which would be especially busy on court days. Locating the courthouse on Scott's property also made geographical sense - it was near the center of the county.

Please see appendix on methods for a precise description of my procedures. Malone, Jefferson the Virginian, pp. 21-48; Sloan, Principle and Interest, pp. 14-15. Between 1800 and 1820, those elected to the state assembly owned an average of 23 slaves; between 1820 and 1840, the figure was 22 slaves, and for 1840-1860 it was 18 slaves. The declining average probably reflects the increasing importance of Charlottesville's lawyers and other professionals in county politics. These statistics calculated from Albermarle Personal Property Tax Lists, microfilm, VSLA, and Woods, Albermarle County, pp.

Cocke whether he could loan "Mr. 13 Cocke and Magruder were strong Whigs - did they expect Burton to vote accordingly? Such economic relationships hint at what historian J. 14 Kinship was perhaps an even more important ligament of the community. Because travel within the county was often slow and expensive, potential marriage partners for most residents lived in one's local neighborhood. Constant intermingling of the same families in the same neighborhoods produced increasingly large kinship groups.

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