What if the South had won the Civil War?

Apr 17, 2011 Full story: The State

"What would South Carolina be like today if the Confederacy had succeeded - either because the Union let the states secede or because the Confederacy won the Civil War?" Gen.

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#1 Apr 17, 2011
America wouldn't be the most powerful country in the world like it is now. America would only be about 70% of it's size now.

The south would be poor because they would have failed to make the leap into the industrial revolution like the other major countries of the world, including the North, did in the late 19th Century.

There wouldn't be slavery. Slaves would have escaped to the north or west. Now that the north and south were completely apart, the North would have NO obligation to return slaves to their owners. That would have drastically hurt the South's economy.

Needless to say, race relations in both the North and South would be decades from where they are now.
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#2 Apr 17, 2011
COL. SANDERS would have become president?

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#3 Apr 17, 2011
It is safe to say that Chicago, DC, New York, Detroit, Gary and pretty much all of the northern states would be uninhabitable slums that even heavily armed Confederate soldiers would have trouble passing through.

The intelligent blacks that stayed in the south, unchained by the lack of racist civil rights laws and the seductive nature of gubment cheese, would be fully integrated, welcome and productive members of modern society. By now in 2011, they would be the loudest voice to go and slaughter the wild cannibals in the north and restore the rule of law to the former colonies.

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#5 Apr 17, 2011
There've been a couple of interesting "what if" historical fiction novels based on this theme -what if the South had won the Civil War. Personally, I think the most likely scenario is that slavery would have ended in the South any case, by the 1890's at the latest. That's when slavery ended in Brazil, a nation with far more African slaves than the US.

International pressure would have forced a cessation of slavery in the South without further resort to bloodshed. From that point, a state of apartheid would have existed disenfranchising blacks from most public institutions. Yes, I know, that's pretty much what happened anyway, but had apartheid been institutionalized, things would've been even worse for blacks.

The civil rights movement would've happened. Again, international pressure, especially from the North and the Western world in general, would have insisted on it.

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