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Agriculture was the chief industry of the pre-Civil War south; it was made very profitable by the use of slave labor. Agriculture remained a mainstay following the Civil War but as the industrial revolution evolved in the last half of the nineteenth century, the south also moved into the textile industry and remained in those industries into the twentieth century. Today the south is still in the agriculture business but have also strong financial and manufacturing sectors.

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