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  1. Brazil had an even more ingrained slave culture and a larger number of slaves. They abolished the institution in 1888.
  2. No way it would have lasted that long. The CSA would have discovered the same thing everyone else did, slavery isn't economically viable once you have a large enough free work force. Once the supply of labor is sufficient, the price drops so that it's cheaper and easier to pay someone to work than it is to feed, house, clothe, and take care of slaves. Not only that, hired hands work better and more efficiently than shackled ones. Like I said, every country in the Western Hemisphere abolished slavery by the end of the 1880s. The CSA would not have been an exception.
  3. Slavery would have been abolished in the CSA by the end of the 1880s, just as it was in every other country in the Western Hemisphere (including Brazil, which had more slaves than the US did).
  4. Most likely Confederate Arizona (basically the southern half of what's now Arizona and New Mexico) is as far west as they would have gotten. Probably the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) as well. I doubt the US would have given up any further western land in the peace negotiations. Central America is interesting. The Confederacy could have supported filibusters covertly.
  5. 2006 Democrats Bob Russell, not Rob Eric Baker was the favorite until he chose not to run. Senator Ricky Rafferty, Senator Wendell Tripplehorne, Atkins, and Clarkson were the other contenders. 2006 Republicans Reverend Don Butler was a strong contender. Governor Mike Reed of Ohio, Congressman Darren Gibson of Michigan, Allard and Johnson were the others. 2002 Republicans President Bartlet said there were six contenders; three governors, two senators and "the head of the church of 'I Hate You'". Ritchie is one of the governors. Someone named Simon was the favorite at the start of the campaign. 2002 Democrats Indiana governor Jack Buckland considered challenging Bartlet for the nomination. There was also consideration of replacing Hoynes on the ticket with Admiral Fitzwallace, which could have resulted in Hoynes opposing Bartlet for the nomination or running as an independent.
  6. The alternative was to not have a union. Seven of the 13 states held slaves at the time the Constitution was adopted. Without safeguards for the institution we would have either continued to limp along under the Articles of Confederation or formed an even looser association with the states having even greater sovereignty.
  7. One nation, under a groove
  8. In theory I like the idea of a citizen president, someone from outside who's not beholden to the special interests that dominate Washington. In practice the job has gotten too big and complicated for someone without government experience. In 1794, the first year we kept records, the budget for the entire federal government was $7 million. Adjusting for inflation makes it about $150 million. Today that's 10% of the budget of the Commerce Department, the smallest cabinet department.
  9. I live in Georgia, where Jim Crow was favored by the majority of the people.
  10. Jim Crow would still be law around here if this was a pure Democracy.
  11. I worry that he might have Alzheimer's
  12. Yeah, many seats are gerrymandered to the point of being impossible for other parties to be competitive. In my state we had five uncontested congressional seats out of 14, and none of the contested House elections were close. All 13 incumbents who ran won easily and the one race without an incumbent was held by the same party with 68% of the vote. Every winner carried over 60% of the vote in their district.
  13. That makes the left and right positions the same.
  14. Gridlock doesn't easily break down into left and right positions. People want the legislation they favor to pass and the rest to be buried somewhere.
  15. I didn't see it because I have him set to ignore