Confederate Industry

By Harold S. Wilson,

Book cover of Confederate Industry: Manufacturers and Quartermasters in the Civil War

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By 1860 the South ranked high among the developed countries of the world in per capita income and life expectancy and in the number of railroad miles, telegraph lines, and institutions of higher learning. Only the major European powers and the North had more cotton and woolen spindles. This book…

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Although the South was not considered an industrial power, depending as it did on a primarily agricultural economy, the necessities of the war forced it to move toward greater and various emphases on industries and manufacturing. The strides it made, especially given the strictures of war, including a manpower shortage and a shrinking geographical base, are truly remarkable.

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