- Southern Commercial Convention
May 12, 1858 to May 15, 1858 MONTGOMERY, Alabama Economy, Slavery
In the 1830s, the South was increasingly aware of the North's industrial dominance. Commercial conventions emerged as a way to close this gap. The first meetings focused on single, specific issues such as direct trade with Europe or railroad construction. Later, the conventions would address a wide range of economic concerns. In 1858, Montgomery, Alabama hosted the Southern Commercial Convention....