What if the Confederacy had been allowed to secede peacefully?

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    Try to imagine what would have happened if the eleven states of the Confederacy had been allowed to secede peacefully from the United States in 1861.

    The South has always been the problem child of the United States. I think what remained of the United States would have been better off without the South. If the United States had been able to peacefully unite with Canada the results would have been even better.

    In the South slavery impeded the development of industry, and of labor saving agricultural machinery. The vast majority of whites did not own slaves. Those who did not own slaves usually had a lower standard of living than their skills would have earned for them in the North.

    Negro slavery discouraged the development of a work ethic among Southern whites, because they thought hard work was something slaves did.

    An additional advantage of letting the Confederacy go peacefully is that the Negroes would have remained slaves. They would not have been able to move to the North and turn downtown areas of Northern cities into crime ridden slums.
     
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    The standard and style of living in the North for the middle and laboring classes would have been much higher than the South.
     
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    Aaaaahhhhhh nooooooo!!! I can't unsee it!!!!!!! It's too stupid!!!!!! :eek::crybaby:
     
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    It would be one more in a long list of countries we send foreign aid to.
     
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    If you think negotiating with China over reasonable economic, environmental, and human rights policies is difficult, think about the Confederacy!
     
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    I'd be a lot happier if y'all hadn't waged your war of northern aggression. (-:

    Personally, I think the southern econ was doomed. Not because southern subsitance farmers worked less than those in the midwest, or immigrants in the east, but because Southern capital was tied to slaves and "agra biz" like rice and cotton. But, when europe saw those supplies shut down, new markets emerged. The US emerged as the preeminent economy because of manufacturing. The South sought political positions, like low tarrifs, that didn't support manfacuture but agriculture. A losing game.

    The fact that the Southern elite was tied to a social structure of slavery that was viewed by the ciivilized world as, at best, as an anachronism pretty much said it all. The war was about slavery, don't misunderstand. But it wasn't about freeing the slaves.
     
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    It would have been poorer because it would have remained more agrarian whose products would have been subject higher tariffs. It also probably would have turned into an international pariah state like South Africa, shunned and boycotted by the rest of the world.
     
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    The proper title is "The War of Southern Aggression".
     
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    Yeah...the South attacked the North and destoryed it...but only in your deluded mind.
     
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    Everything you stated is nothing but speculation.
     

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