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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

If the Southern states had won the civil war, would they have formed their own country or would they have forced slavery onto free states?

Update:

onto the rest of the union?

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  • 1 month ago

    They would have remained a separate country from the North.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The Southern States had they own country, it was called the Confederate States of America. And they had no interest in conquering the North nor imposing their values on the North. Would they have reminded united? Most likely not, but exactly how they would have aligned is impossible to know.

  • 1 month ago

    Their goal was separation.  They had no desire to take over the Northern States.  

  • 1 month ago

    In all probability they would have been conquered by one or more of the European powers.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Once the Civil War started the only way the South would be able to force the North to allow slavery would be for the South to conquer the North. The South never expressed their intention to do that, and it would have required a wildly unlikely scenario for that to happen. Much more unlikely than the South merely winning independence. It's also worth noting that during the 19th century most of the countries that allowed slavery were abolishing it, most notably Great Britain. Lincoln's emancipation proclamation actually had a significant impact on public opinion in that country, and sympathy for the Southern cause quickly eroded there afterwards. The South trying to expand slavery would very likely have harmed their foreign relations even more. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Whatever you want to think is fine w/ me. History evolves one way. That's my educated expertise. Since I'm factually oriented, opinionated guessing games are uninteresting to me because there is way too much unknowable involved. 

  • not
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They would have forced less federal control and more states rights, causing a weaker union of the states. Native Americans that fought on the southern side might have won some rights that they fought for. Slavery was one issue; It would have continued a bit longer but it would have ended as society was progressing.

    Today we face the same thing all over again. It is known that slavery, child labor, human rights violations and generally taking advantage of people is the bedrock of modern wealth. We know these violations supply our needs. Yet democrats once again try to protect this activity because they fear what it will do to their economy and profits. Are shareholders, CEOs and 99 cent stores really more important than people?   

  • 1 month ago

    The thing about "what if's" is that pretty much anything is possible.  If you want to go with what was the most likely outcome, it was always going to be the north that won (not necessarily because of ideology but because of their industrial advantage).

  • 1 month ago

    Slavery would have petered out after a while.

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