Demographics and War

Paul links to an interesting quiz in his post here, which involves naming the largest Confederate “cities”.  What immediately stands out is how small many of those “cities” were.  The largest was New Orleans with 160,000, with fourteen having a population of less than 10,000, and the smallest with 4700.  New York City, with a population of 850,000 in 1860, had far more population than the 25 largest cities of the Confederacy combined .  If New York City had been a Confederate state, it would have had a population larger than the population of five other Confederate states.  It is facts like this which demonstrate the truth of Shelby Foote’s observation that the South never had a chance in the Civil War. (more…)

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