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hardnox
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How the Confederacy won the Civil War

...or the law of unintended consequences.

 

The 14th Amendment was passed in 1868 and guaranteed the right of citizenship to former slaves.

 

At that point, the congressional representation and importance in presidential elections of the former Confederate states jumped substantially because the black population was counted as full persons rather than the 3/5ths that had formerly been negotiated by The Founders.

 

But soon, most of them couldn't vote as the greatest wave of terrorism in US history (nothing else compares) was unleashed and tens of thousands of blacks and white republicans were murdered, millions more beaten and intimidated. The Sunnis won that particular ethnic and tribal cleansing.

 

This the Democratic Party was able to protect Jim Crow for 90 years through a strategy of electing Senators and Representatives in perpetuity and thus controlling the seniority system. Following the post-Civil Rights Era Reagan pushback, the GOP captured the South.

 

The South remained an economic and educational backwater throughout that period as the white planter aristocracy regained control by manipulating the racial resentments of the poor white majority. Economic change began to take hold when Yankee tax dollars were lavishly spent there, beginning with the New Deal, and really accelerated with WWII and Cold War military spending (their pols brought home a lot of the bases) and spending on infrastructure.

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bruce MN
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Re: How the Confederacy won the Civil War

SEE: Atlanta circa 1950.

 

Add intersecting freeways and a little airport. 

 

But of course the good folk, descendants of Tara, “built that”.

 

Danged Ike and his amoral progressive Republicans.

hardnox
Advisor

Re: How the Confederacy won the Civil War

And of course some difficult to predict technological advances- air condition, insecticides and medical and public health advancements.

 

As I've mused over before, the post WWII second reconstruction and civil rights era- which we've taken as normal since it covers most of our lives- was probably more an abnormality. As a superpower in a Cold War it was necessary to not have the appearance that a third of our country was a banana republic. The old tendencies returned to the fore once the money had been sunk in and the external threat subsided. 

 

In the first wave of anti-Reconstruction terrorism, Grant crushed the KKK with Federal troops and he set the precedent of the DOJ intervening with Fed charges when local governments refused to follow the Constitution.

 

But like Sunni militias, The Folk just laid low for a while and re-emerged under other banners, especially "Rifle Clubs" which became ubiquitous. Even by the end of his second term the north was tired of it all, making Hayes termination of the effort a foregone conclusion.

 

 

bruce MN
Advisor

Re: How the Confederacy won the Civil War

Yeah.  But we’ve still got the ACLU, Anti-Defamation league and the SLPC.  

 

To the rubisphere no different than the Humane Society or The Sierra Club.  Commie front groups.