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Voices of the Civil War Episode 0006 Overwhelming Numbers and Resources

In Voices of the Civil War, Episode 6, Overwhelming Numbers and Resources, we look at the difference between the North and the South in regards to manpower and resources. In 1861, 18.9 million Americans lived in the North versus 8 million Americans that lived in the South. The overwhelming numbers along with other resources had a critical impact upon the course and outcome of the war. Why was the Confederate army, with less than half the population of the North, confident they could win the Civil War?

Image Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-DIG-ppmsca-08407]

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