In which of Rostow’s stages of development would the United States have been at the time of the Civil War?

C. takeoff


The most applicable stage is Choice (C), takeoff. The country as a whole was past the first two stages of development; it had developed an industrial base, mining, and banking. Urbanization increased, and a massive influx of immigrants came to the northern cities. It wasn’t quite at stage four, where even the lower classes were benefiting from increased production.

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