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QUESTION 1 1. The 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. The Northern armies came from money. They were of the upper crust and were not hard working farmers that tilled the land and worked in the fields all day with the slave labor that was needed to push forward crops and harvests. They were a much more political rival, and wanted to push their views onto everyone in the United States, having not a thought as to where the food would be coming from in the New America, or who was going to have enough time, strength, and people to accomplish farming in a new land. Everything in the south was done by hand. There was not the fancy tractors that we have now, that one person can sit on, and do a whole field in a matter of days. At this time, it would take weeks and weeks of planning and prepping in the South. Having someone tell you what to do when they have not lived the life really got to the Southerners. This war was not just about the slavery issue. Which is what most people focus on with the South. This was about rights as a state, as well as rights to earn a living. At this day and age, they could not have done it without slave labor. Now, I do not believe in slave labor, and find it very hard to digest. But at this point in the economy there was no other way to get done what they needed to get done to succeed.

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