SAT Subject US History Practice Question 310: Answer and Explanation
21. Industrialization developed slowly in the South for all the following reasons EXCEPT:
A. Most Southerners preferred to invest in land and slaves, not factories.
B. There was no way to transport cotton upstream to the Northern textile mills.
C. Planters did not want to pay taxes that might have promoted manufacturing.
D. Immigrants who might have staffed factories did not travel to the South because the region relied on slave labor.
E. The majority of the Southern population had little or no money to spend on manufactured goods.
Correct Answer: B
The steamboat enabled planters to ship their cotton upstream to the textile mills.