Was the economic catastrophe the South suffered after the Civil War inevitable?
Did any US Administration before and including Lincoln propose to the South any alternative economic choices that would be backed by government bonds, or some such thing? Did the idea of governmental assistance even exist in the thinking lexicon in the 19th century? Did either side address this economic issue? Did any economist of the day write about the catastrophic economic shift that was about to happen to the South when slavery was abolished?
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