Economics

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At the time it became a state, Virginia had an agricultural or farming economy. The economy has to do with how people use their resources to make a living. The planters of eastern Virginia generally had large farms or plantations. They depended on slave labor to help them grow their crops. In western Virginia, life was different. Most of the farmers there had small farms. They typically had no slaves and the family did all the work. Usually they raised just enough food to feed themselves. Sometimes they had enough left over to sell and barter to acquire things they couldn't make. Source: Helen Jones. West Virginia: The Portrait of an American State. Montgomery, Alabama (Clairmont Press). 1998
At the time it became a state, Virginia had an agricultural or farming economy. The economy has to do with how people use their resources to make a living. The planters of eastern Virginia generally had large farms or plantations. They depended on slave labor to help them grow their crops. In western Virginia, life was different. Most of the farmers there had small farms. They typically had no slaves and the family did all the work. Usually they raised just enough food to feed themselves. Sometimes they had enough left over to sell and barter to acquire things they couldn't make. Source: Helen Jones. West Virginia: The Portrait of an American State. Montgomery, Alabama (Clairmont Press). 1998
At the time it became a state, Virginia had an agricultural or farming economy. The economy has to do with how people use their resources to make a living. The planters of eastern Virginia generally had large farms or plantations. They depended on slave labor to help them grow their crops. In western Virginia, life was different. Most of the farmers there had small farms. They typically had no slaves and the family did all the work. Usually they raised just enough food to feed themselves. Sometimes they had enough left over to sell and barter to acquire things they couldn't make. Source: Helen Jones. West Virginia: The Portrait of an American State. Montgomery, Alabama (Clairmont Press). 1998