The Great Flood Impact On The Economy

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Savannah throughout June and July 1840 was highly characterized by the economy, political life, agriculture, and new advances in the practicing of medication. Not to say that only one product play a role in the economy, but during this period, cotton was, figuratively, the ruler of Georgia. It fueled the growth and expansion of the state’s economy. However, with cotton being the most desirable cash crop at the time, the lack of diversity in the economic lifeline did not help when disaster struck and that was the only thing the city had to fall back on. The Great Flood had a devastating impact on the economy in early June. It led to an economic depreciation due to all of the property and crop damage. With the heavy rainfall that began…show more content…
The cities of Macon and Savannah were good teammates in 1840. Cotton was shipped from Macon and made its way along the Ocmulgee River using a steamboat to then take a small trip north in the Ocean to Savannah’s large port. With Savannah being the largest city in the state, the construction of the Central of Georgia Railway was encouraged. This railway would connect the two cities, Macon and Savannah, and greatly help to increase the speed of the transportation of cotton and recourses from inland to sea. This would also put Savannah more on the map when discussing important worldwide ports. One thing was made clear in the life of politics and that was that white men wanted to keep the institution of slavery alive. Galvanizing the establishment of slavery was a judicial system that deprived African Americans the same or any legal rights enjoyed by Caucasian Americans. All of the northern states had outlawed slavery back in 1820, but the rise of cotton made the enormous profits of the slave system irresistible to most white southerners. Relations regarding were further reinforced by the universal racial bond among white Georgian men. Sharing the intolerance that slaveholders held against African Americans, non-slaveholding whites believed that the abolition of slavery would annihilate their own economic prospects and bring devastation
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