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I am a Southerner and proud of it. Reared in Georgia, I was born in metro-Atlanta and now reside in Atlanta. I am sixth generation Cobb Countian. My family roots go back to Georgia for many generations. My ancestors could have stayed in the northeastern region of the country, but challenging times led them here. Whether it was less industrialism, a warmer climate, lower population, agriculture/land, making a living, and/or trying to survive economically, they were attracted to Georgia. Being a southern gal, I often wondered what if the South had won the Civil War.
It was a possibility, given the military strategies of General Robert E. Lee. His brilliance and excellence for militant warfare led the Confederate Army to win some battles, yet, they were outnumbered by the Union soldiers. General Ulysses Grant was one general that could defeat General Lee in respect to the size of his army and strong perseverance. Lee’s army was dispositioned after given information which led to their surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. Overpowered by Union troops, his army of soldiers were in a dangerous position seen by the enemy. What would had happened if the South had won?
For one thing, the South wouldn’t have been unionized into a ‘nation’ and the Southern Confederate states would have remained as seceded states “the Confederacy”. Two different countries would had existed. President Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have abolished slavery so quickly after the war. President Lincoln might not have been assassinated. Segregation would still had remained, however, not to the degree it did after the war. The Reconstruction period from 1865 to 1876 would have been unheard of to this date. The freed slaves would not have rights of equity under the Constitution. The 14th Amendment wouldn’t had been established for civil rights of blacks. The South wouldn’t had to reintegrate and reorganize itself. The KKK wouldn’t have been so prevalent in the South. Lien on crops wouldn’t had existed, especially with cotton gins in the South.
There are solutions to President Lincoln’s political movement of slavery. Lincoln could had prevented the civil war. He could had developed a five-year plan for the North and the South to ‘adopt’ into an agreement. Primarily, slavery would be abolished within five years. Each slave would become an “indentured servant” in which every family received up to an acre of land to cultivate and farm whatever crops they wanted. Upon five years, every freed slave would have their own resources to make a living and provide food for their family.
Frankly, slavery would had been abolished over time. Civil laws would had formed leniency toward blacks and civil rights activists would had advocated toward freedom of slaves. It was just a matter of time for slavery to be a thing of the past. Prejudices and bias still existed in the South, especially during the Reconstruction era. The mistreatment of blacks was an ongoing dilemma, causing many freed slaves to travel to other parts of the country after the war, particularly to the North. Some did stay after the war, setting the South as their permanent home. Others had no way to travel and no where to go, forcing them to stay in the South.