Business & Finance: South vs. New England

Over the past decade, the Southern cotton mills have grown rapidly in proportion to the older New England industry. Under existing conditions many advantages to the South lay in this steadily growing competition. The Southern mills were nearer the raw material; cheaper and more tractable mill sites and more American labor are to be had there, too. In addition, the laxer laws as to child labor, which is a large factor in the low-grade spinning industry especially, are more lax South than North of the Mason and Dixon line.

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