One of the major dividing lines between the North and South in the 19th century was economics. The most influential sector in the North was manufacturing, while in the South it was agriculture. In this episode, we’ll examine the development of the economic divide between the North and the South, and how their differing views of government involvement created tension throughout the country.

Alexander Hamilton’s Report on Manufacturers

Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, established the American System which continues to have great influence in America to this day with his Report on Manufactures. Download the PDF for free here.

Hamilton’s Curse by Thomas Dilorenzo

Learn more about Alexander Hamilton, his economic system, and its effects on America with this book by Dr. Diloreno. Purchase it online at

South Carolina’s Ordinance of Nullification

In 1832 South Carolina was so dissatisfied with the current tariff that they proclaimed it null and void in their state. Read their proclamation for free at

Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation

In response to South Carolina’s proclamation nullifying the tariff, Andrew Jackson responded with a proclamation explaining why he saw nullification as illegal. Read it on

How Capitalism Saved America by Thomas Dilorenzo

Dr. Dilorenzo looks at the capitalist system of economics throughout American history, from the Pilgrims to the present. Purchase it online at

Andrew Jackson’s Bank Veto Message

Andrew Jackson gave his reasons for opposing the National Bank in his veto message on the bank bill, which you can read for free at on

Complete interview with Thomas Dilorenzo on economics

Abraham Lincoln’s Internal Improvement Speech

Read what Abraham Lincoln said about Internal Improvements in his 1848 speech on internal improvements for free here on