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Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation

John Majewski


What would separate Union and Confederate countries look like if the South had won the Civil War? In fact, this was something that southern secessionists actively debated. Imagining themselves as nation builders, they understood the importance of a plan for the economic structure of the Confederacy. The traditional view assumes that Confederate slave-based agrarianism went hand in hand with a natural hostility toward industry and commerce. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, this book's analysis finds that secessionists strongly believed in industrial development and state-led modernizati ... More

Keywords: Union, Confederate, South, Civil War, Confederacy, industrial development, state-led modernization, Union policies, nation building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832516
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882375_majewski


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Majewski, author