Can you imagine what they would be like today? The end of the war would have left a devastated South and a heavily industrialized North. Conservatives would have kept on as slave owners. They would have rebuilt their plantations. The North would have remained heavily industrialized. Remember, the greatest institutions of American learning are located in the North, or what Conservatives call the "Liberal" part of the country. Would western states have joined the growing "North" with it's innovation, freedom and centers or learning? Or would they have joined the south with it's slavery, unrest and plantations, including the South's religious mandate. Would the south had become similar to what is going on in the North Bank and Gaza? Today, Southern slates are kept afloat by liberal and northern money subsidizing. What would they do without all that Blue State money?