The Civil War in Memory: 1877 to 2013

The Civil War in Memory: 1877 to 2013

Did any particular social or economic class win the war?

This one is trickier because there were divisions within the social and economic classes. On the whole, however, one can argue that the Northern industrial and commercial classes—those that made, bought, and sold goods—benefited, while the agricultural classes of the South suffered. If there was any obvious economic winner, it was the group (class is too strong a word) of newly made rich men in the North, especially those who invested in arms making during the war.


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