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$114.85 per acre.
The Slave States boast of agriculture; but here again, notwithstanding superior natural advantages, they must yield to the Free States at every point,—in the number of farms and plantations, in the number of acres improved, in the cash value of farms, in the average value per acre, and in the value of farming implements and machinery.
Here is a short table.
Free States.Slave States.
Number of farms873,608569,201
Acres of improved land57,720,49454,970, 327
Cash value of farms$2,147,218,478$1,117,649,649
Average value per acre$19.17$6.18
Value of farming implements$85,840,141$65,345,625
Such is the mighty contrast.
But it does not stop here.
Careful tables place the agricultural products of the Free States, for the year ending June, 1850, at $888,634,334, while those of the Slave States were $631,277,417; the product per acre in the Free States at $7.94, and the product per acre in the Slave States at $3.49; the average product of each agricu