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Since the end of the American Civil War historians have theorized and argued why the Confederacy did not become victorious or maybe why the Union did Three such examples are the essays of Richard N Current David Donald and James McPherson These three essays prove that history is not an exact science and that three different men are entitled to three different theories and although not one or the other is necessarily right or wrong there are ones that on the surface at least tend to give better arguments The essay by Richard Current seems to be the most objective paper of the three He gives possible reasons why the South lost and either backs it up points out the faults or leaves it up to the reader to decide For example he opens his article giving statistics to the overwhelming advantage the North appeared to have economically coming in to the war He also shows that perhaps a contributing factor was poor leadership on behalf of the Confederate government He gives examples of Davis doing things like failing to export cotton in grand loads and other economic decisions that in retrospect seems nearly insane After all this though Current points out that yes the leadership seems reckless in hindsight but during the war they seemed to be very legitimate actions in order to win the war Davis goal wasnt to destroy the southern economy but instead to devastate the North The south also knew that with the help of England andor France the present disadvantages would be evenly weighed out and the tide of the war could change considerably The idea was that if the South withheld cotton from the North the northern textile mills would have nothing to export in order to trade with Europe So if Europe couldnt get the cotton from the North they would have to get it from the South meaning having to get through the Union naval blockade
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