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        Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided - General Article: Wage Slavery

        In the decade between 1846 and 1855, more than three million immigrants came to the United States, with a vast majority of them settling in the free states of the North. By 1855, foreign-born residents were becoming a majority group; immigrants approached or exceeded half the total population of several Northern cities. The growing industrial economy of the North swallowed these new workers into its factories, employing them for long hours at low wages. Learn the Northern and Southern perspectives on this topic, in this article from American Experience: "Abraham and Mary Lincoln - A House Divided."

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