Once the American Civil war ended, did some states encounter more difficulty than others when it came to rejoining the Union? What circumstances or conditions might have contributed to their issues?

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    How does one measure resistance? Does a fierce Confederate militia being active in non-seceding Indiana outweigh the anti-secessionist sentiment in western Virginia? Do virulent anti-conscription riots in the north count as anti-Union actions?
    – choster
    Nov 14, 2012 at 23:45
  • @mdnth Did you mean "after" the Civil War?
    – Luke_0
    Nov 15, 2012 at 0:06
  • I have modified the question to make it more sensible. I hope this will help to get some of the negative votes reversed. Let me know if this does not reflect your intentions. Nov 15, 2012 at 5:03
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    This is way different from what it kind of looked like he was trying to ask, but now its a good enough question that I'm retracting my votes (and prior comments).
    – T.E.D.
    Nov 15, 2012 at 15:11

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The question refers to "problems" without defining them, so I am going to cast my answer in terms of which states rejoined the Union earlier (supposedly fewer "problems") rather than later. I will try to tie the rejoining order to the best correlation I can find.

According to the link below, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Florida were the first four Confederate states to rejoin the Union. They were Upper South (or in the case of Florida, peripheral) states that were not part of the mainstream South. The first three states plus Virginia did not join the Confederacy until after the firing on Fort Sumter.


The last seven states to rejoin were Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Mississpi, and Texas. With the notable exception of Virginia, these were the hard core "deep South" states. The most pro-Union part of Virginia was West Virginia, which "seceded from secession," meaning that what was left was more pro South than the other Upper South states.

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    Answers.com hardly constitutes a reliable source.
    – Luke_0
    Nov 15, 2012 at 15:01
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    Usually your answers are very thorough, I don't see how this answers the question about the difficulties the states might have had in rejoining during unification. I also wouldn't consider North Carolina a border or peripheral state...
    – MichaelF
    Nov 15, 2012 at 18:00
  • I took that part to mean "outside the Deep South" (which is quite true for North Carolina). Changing "border" to "upper south" to make this clearer. I'd suggest Tom read over the wikipedia Deep South page ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_South ), clean up the terminology a bit, and IMHO most of these complaints would be moot.
    – T.E.D.
    Nov 15, 2012 at 19:18
  • @Luke:I'm satisfied with their FACTUAL content (the dates and order of the states rejoining the Union). The interpretations are mine.
    – Tom Au
    Nov 16, 2012 at 0:25

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