Always suspected that their we’re individuals conducting business in the Northen states and Northern governments that were partners in the business of slavery. I just couldn’t see Northern businesses, banks, and governments not finding some way to make a profit off slavery.
AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION was caused by a need for ways of MANUFACTURING of raw material obtained by the South enslaved
They developed new, large forms of business ENTERPRISE that involved the use of power-driven machinery to produce products and goods previously produced in the home or small shop. The machinery was grouped together in factories.
Part of the technology used in forming these new business enterprises came from England, however, increasingly they came from American inventors and scientists and mechanics.
Although the Lowell mills had better conditions than British textile mills, workers still suffered long hours and excessive restrictions on their activities.
The first factory in the United States was begun after George Washington became President. In 1790, SAMUEL SLATER, a cotton spinner’s apprentice who left England the year before with the secrets of textile machinery, built a factory from memory to produce spindles of yarn.
The factory had 72 spindles, powered by by nine children pushing foot treadles, soon replaced by water power. Three years later, JOHN AND ARTHUR SHOFIELD, who also came from England, built the first factory to manufacture woolens in Massachusetts.
From these humble beginnings to the time of the Civil War there were over two million spindles in over 1200 cotton factories and 1500 woolen factories in the United States.
New England’s Mill towns supported by the work of the enslaved cotten picking of the South.