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Why the South never had a chance to win the Civil War North had a significant industrial advantage in iron, textiles, coal and weapons. North had an advantage in RR mileage. North had more shipyards and superior naval capacity North had an established governments with an executive with extensive powers (Jefferson Davis’ powers were limited by states’ rights element in CSA Constitution) North had extensive banking and finance advantage Slave population in South represented potential 5th Column Abolitionist movements in England and France would keep those countries from supporting the South Why the South could have won the Civil War Fighting to defend homeland Defensive war- all South had to do was hang on long enough to exhaust the North’s public support for the war Superior military leaders War unpopular in many northern regions ie: Copperheads History shows that wars for independence can be won against overwhelming odds ie: American Revolution. France and England sympathetic to the Southern cause- both countries wanted to hinder the growing power of the U.S. King Cotton could be used as financial and political leverage After reading Chapters 19 and 20 (American Pageant) and reviewing the comparison above, develop an outline of rebuttals for each bullet point in preparation for a class debate.