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 Posted: Sun Aug 31st, 2008 04:29 am
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The Iron Duke

Joined: Tue Jul 29th, 2008
Location: Georgia USA
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The Confederacy would have needed a massive industrial revolution to become a long lasting power. They experienced a good deal of industrial expansion during the war but much more was needed. Plus, the south didn't have a strong tradition of a merchant marine. Without this they would have never been able to compete with the trade of the remaining United States, Britain, France, or Germany. Jefferson's vision of the noble yeoman farmer was steadily becoming an outdated concept.

However, based upon their ingenuity and flexibility shown during the war, I do believe the Confederacy had the capacity to become a strong industrial power.

As a final thought, I don't really buy into this domino theory that if the south leaves then the entire country ruptures apart into 20 pieces.

"Cleburne is here!" meant that all was well. -Daniel Harvey Hill
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