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Question 1Needs GradingThe South was not in an economic position to wage a successful war. Thoroughly explain why they were not, and judge if you think this had an impact on the overall course of the war. Your answer should include a comparison of the economic situations and motivations of the Northern and Southern armies, and it should describe the South's ability to benefit from a defensive position.Your response should be a minimum of 500 words.Selected Answer: The political, military, and economic strength of the Union was much more than that of the Confederacy. Even though the war lasted for four years, the Confederacy did display their resilience on several occasions during the war. One of the factors that showed the Union/North to be in a more economic position that the Confederacy/South is because the North was far more industrialized than theSouth and the Confederacy lost a potential industry and manpower when Kentucky, Delaware, West Virgina, and Maryland joined the Union side rather than the Confederate side. When the Confederacy lost those states they were not able to keep up with the Union in regards to industry and manpower which lead to a less than strong economy and put the Confederacy in a position to not with the war. The Union possessed eighty percent of the total U.S. industry where most of the industry the Union possessed was located in the upper south states, particularly in Virgina. On top of the Confederacy's lack of industry and manpower, they also invested most of their capital in slaves and land which neither of those capitals were liquid capitals. Without a large supply of liquid capital it made it even more difficult for the South to buy munitions for the war effort, and because of their lack of liquid capital the north

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