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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

The Military Militarily, the south did not need to win the war by invading and defeating the north. Their belief was that they just had to hold on to what they had, hence their largely defensive ...
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What's the difference between Kosovo's & the Confederate States of America's declaration of independence?

The difference is that while Kosovo broke away from a country which had tried to exterminate its inhabitants, the slave states broke away so that they could continue to enslave some of their ...
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What is the reason for the modern prominence of the Confederate battle flag, as opposed to some other Confederate flag?

It appears that the main problem with the official confederate flags is that they were effectively designed by committee. The resulting flags, in the opinion of General Beauregard, looked too much ...
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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

The vast wealth of the Southern plantations was intrinsically tied up with their ability to generate a fabulous annual income, at low risk. Once the Union blockade was established by autumn 1861 those ...
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What's the difference between Kosovo's & the Confederate States of America's declaration of independence?

'Precedent' is a more or less meaningless word in international relations. Don't make the mistake of thinking that international relations are governed by any kind of set rules or that international ...
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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

There were few more pretty important South advantages in addition to already listed in previous answers factors: 1. Far superior military education. It was only one northern-located military school -...
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What is the reason for the modern prominence of the Confederate battle flag, as opposed to some other Confederate flag?

This seems like lower-case history, but still history: the popular 1979 TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" featured a car named the "General Lee" with the confederate battle flag ...
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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

The majority of the economic and political elite of the Southern States were aware of the existential threat to their economy and culture—chiefly as these were the direct result of malapportionment so ...
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How did Jews feels in the Confederate States of America and what was their political position?

Judah Benjamin, a US senator from Louisiana prior the war, and a personal friend of Jefferson Davis, served as the Confederacy Attorney General, Secretary of War and Secretary of State. However, as a ...
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What portion of tariffs was paid by Southern states before American Civil War?

edit: this question originally asked if slavery was really the cause of the US civil war. I was able to reassure the OP on that point ;). The OP was not trying to claim tarrifs were the cause of the ...
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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

There was a very similar war a few years earlier that was almost certainly considered a precedent by the South, and that was the American War Of Independence. In territorial terms, the two wars were ...
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What's the difference between Kosovo's & the Confederate States of America's declaration of independence?

The precedent the article talks about is that Kosovo was recognized as an independent state by major powers very soon. No country ever recognized the Confederacy as an independent country.
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What is the reason for the modern prominence of the Confederate battle flag, as opposed to some other Confederate flag?

The argument I've heard given at various rallies/events with a prominent amount of CSA battle flags is that the flag represents the "good parts" of the CSA, meaning the values related to ...
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Was the 14th Amendment ever enforced against a Confederate veteran?

Q: Was this ever enforced against a Confederate veteran? Section 14 of the Enforcement Act (see below) was used to remove some from office, Such removal was without penalty. Q: Did any court ever rule ...
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What's the difference between Kosovo's & the Confederate States of America's declaration of independence?

Let's be clear about what happened with regards to Kosovo. In 2010 the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations General Assembly. The key ...
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What's the difference between Kosovo's & the Confederate States of America's declaration of independence?

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun When NATO (led by US) started intervention against Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, they simply had no equal match in firepower and economic ...
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At what point after the war did Confederate money begin to attain value again?

Mark Johnson answered already (correctly) that Confederate Money has no value, but individual banknotes and coins (and bonds) can have value as collectors' items. This is, however, not due to Federal ...
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At what point after the war did Confederate money begin to attain value again?

The value of Confederate money, as a currency has not changed, since the issuer (Confederate States of America) no longer exists. Many tall tales exist on how the currency was used after the war. ...
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How did Jews feels in the Confederate States of America and what was their political position?

Probably the most famous is Judah Benjamin who was the CSA Attorney General. There were also many that served fighting for the south, the article here mentions 10,000 and gives names of many of ...
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Did the Confederate States of America ever officially adopt William T. Thompson's descriptions of the CSA national flag?

According to the answers to this essentially similar question on Skeptics:SE, it looks like the answer is no (although it seems Thompson did try to claim credit in his newspaper). In fact, P. G. T. ...
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What is the reason for the modern prominence of the Confederate battle flag, as opposed to some other Confederate flag?

The flag that’s currently being flown as “the Confederate Battle Flag” is based on a flag used by the Army of Tennessee beginning in January 1864. There was also a similar naval flag. This was based ...
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Were there any Native American tribes that had more than a strategic alliance with the Confederates?

I only humbly suggest you might look into the book "The American Indian as Slaveholder and Secessionist : An Omitted Chapter in the Diplomatic History of the Southern Confederacy”, by Annie ...
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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

The South thought it could prevail simply because they (initially at least) thought their objective could be accomplished without war. The split in the Union didn't start with Fort Sumter. If you'll ...
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Why did the Confederacy think they could win the American Civil War?

In my opinion, the only reason the South thought they could win the war was hubris, plain and simple. This hubris was based on the need of the plantation owners to believe that their way of life ...
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Were Confederate pikes just a curious item to laugh at?

No. In the "killer Angels," there was a discussion about how Stonewall Jackson had ordered pikes for his troops (that were never used before he was killed). The main rifle used by the Union Army in ...
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What is the reason for the modern prominence of the Confederate battle flag, as opposed to some other Confederate flag?

The main motivation for most people's interest in the Confederacy was the South's unexpectedly impressive military competence. The Lee tank, as well as a number of US armaments (help me on this - but ...
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At what point after the war did Confederate money begin to attain value again?

The question, as asked, has no objective answer. The collector value of a Confederate banknote is not fixed by anything, and I doubt it is particularly consistent during any given year. Going from ...
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