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      In the years prior to the Civil War, Americans began to become more loyal to their states or regions of their country rather than the nation as a whole.  They acted only in the interest of their region and often times did not do what was best for the entire country.  In a way the United States was really two very different places.  In the north the growing population, booming economy, and large industrial capacity saw their countrymen in the south as being almost like another country.  The south whose economy and way of life was based on plantations and cotton saw the north as a threat and believed all northerners to be abolitionists.