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Letting the South go and building a rail/canal network rather than fighting the Civil War would have been the cheaper option for the North.  Alas for the Economic Determinists, major political decisions are, more often than not, made for other reasons.  Having said that, much of the "fury of the Northmen" in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin during the Civil War sprang from their assessment without free access to the port of New Orleans they would become impoverished.

   

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by ATinNM on Mon Jan 20th, 2014 at 03:32:33 PM EST
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