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Nov 4th, 2009 at 14:31 GMT
Don't know how it was spelled in 1860, but New Bern is two words now. Crazy that NO was as big as the next 6 cities combined! Can you imagine a Florida without any cities at all larger than 4500 residents? That's one golf community today...
Nov 6th, 2009 at 06:31 GMT
It's nice to see Lynchburg on a quiz!
Nov 7th, 2009 at 20:55 GMT
Heres a fun fact; New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi
Nov 11th, 2009 at 18:25 GMT
Strange how many of these cities are not very well known today, and some have changed relatively little since in population. Most of the large Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina cities today didn't make the cut in 1860.
Nov 17th, 2009 at 22:04 GMT
Very interesting... you actually had to think of cities that might be big back then, not the usual ones today...
Nov 21st, 2009 at 22:10 GMT
Interesting quiz. But it would be great if you could cite a source.
Nov 21st, 2009 at 22:45 GMT
I like this quiz. Florida was actually the least-populous state in the Confederacy, by a long shot.
Mar 7th, 2010 at 22:38 GMT
florida mostly was mosquito-infested swamps and barrier islands in 1860, however i thought jacksonville and saint augustine might have been big enough
May 25th, 2010 at 00:55 GMT
May 25th, 2010 at 22:00 GMT
I'm curious; does this count slaves, and, if so, as full people or as three-fifths (as they did for purposes of representation in Congress)?
Game published: Aug 9th, 2010 at 19:20 GMT
Aug 9th, 2010 at 19:41 GMT
surprising how few people there were in the south; it would be nice to know how slaves were counted in this census. 3/5ths rule is yet another sin the US works hard to forget.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 19:44 GMT
i confede-rate this quiz 4 sporcle orbs.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 19:55 GMT
wrink1117: the south was largely agricultural, compared to the north, whose economy was more industrial. so, the south's populatation was more rural. the major cities tended to be ports.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:00 GMT
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:04 GMT
Interesting take on the Civil War era. Learned something new.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:15 GMT
You know you're getting desperate when you start typing things like "Greenbow".
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:23 GMT
@wrink1117: If the slaves were counted as whole persons, the South would have had much more power in Congress; if the 3/5 rule had not been established, slavery might have been around a bit longer.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:33 GMT
wrink1117: Without the 3/5ths rule, the pro-slavery South would have had greater representation in congress than the anti-slavery North, potentially preventing slavery from ever being eradicated. The 3/5ths rule was instituted to limit the South's ability to maintain the status quo regarding slavery.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:41 GMT
Hmm.. This quiz seems to be a little too CSA-centric for those of us living in the USA... Just kidding. Great research!
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:49 GMT
Thia was fascinating for a Canadian who had recently visited the South and especially Atlanta. I was surpised how low in population it was compared to other Confederate cities of the time. Gone with the Wind gave me the impression it was the key Georgia city. Really interesting quiz!
Aug 9th, 2010 at 20:53 GMT
Re: the 3/5th rule - Not only did it allow slavery to end sooner that it would have otherwise...would it really have been a good thing for the southern states to get away with that kind of hypocrisy? Insisting during the debate over abolition that blacks aren't people, and so they don't deserve any rights - and then turning around and insisting that blacks should be considered people when it comes to Congressional representation? (Even though the blacks wouldn't be able to vote for those Congressional representatives, because...they weren't considered people.)
Aug 9th, 2010 at 21:14 GMT
Quick fix: Montgomery, Alabama had 8,843 people. Selma had a mere 3,177. The mistake is probably from them being on adjacent lines in the Census report.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 21:22 GMT
Given the lack of population and industry to manufacture weapons, it makes you wonder what they were thinking in going to war in the first place ... the only thing that let them hang in there was the incompetence of Union military leadership at the beginning and the fact that there was a "home field" advantage, with so many battles fought in the South. 5 globes for an educational quiz.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 21:35 GMT
I really wonder how people who fly the Confederate flag nowadays can really call themselves "Americans".
Aug 9th, 2010 at 21:41 GMT
In the early 1800s, urban southerners owned many slaves, who performed many roles: blacksmith, dockworker, carpenter, cooper, cook, house servant, butcher, baker, bricklayer, factory hand (what few factories the south had), ditch digger/navvy, clerk, butler/maid, &c. Many of these jobs offered a degree of autonomy unavailable to rural agricultural slaves. They also had more contact with slaves from other households. Worried about this freedom of movement and the possible exchange of information, by the 1840s, many slave owners began selling off their city slaves to plantation owners. There were always slaves in cities but--in response to the question posed many comments back--the population of these towns would be mostly white.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 21:44 GMT
What an interesting quiz. I grew up in Atlanta, and I always had the idea that it was the largest city in the South back then. Also, it's interesting to note how many of the largest cities were near the coast.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 22:31 GMT
I wonder how these numbers changed during the course of the war? the war caused a greater urbanization in the south due to necessity so surely these cities grew considerably.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 22:37 GMT
Atlanta was a vital railway hub, not a big population center. Capturing it isolated Virginia and the Carolinas from the rest of the confederacy.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 22:44 GMT
You know you're in the South when your town is called Lynchburg.
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Aug 9th, 2010 at 22:55 GMT
I forget-was Gettysburg Union or Confederate? Other than that, I thought it was great.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 23:05 GMT
What about Augusta, GA? Population 12,493 according to the census.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 23:30 GMT
@doxiepaine Gettysburg is in the Union (Pennsylvania)
Aug 9th, 2010 at 23:34 GMT
Amazing 1. No Florida (or was it called the Floridas back then) cities. 2. That the 1st Capitol of the confederacy wasn't on the list (Montgomery). Good quiz.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 23:37 GMT
It's "New Bern", not "Newbern". Named after Bern, Switzerland
Aug 10th, 2010 at 00:42 GMT
Wow, I live in Charleston, but I never knew it was number 2 in the south this far into the 1800s. Population is only about 110,000 now and everywhere you go is Civil War history.
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Aug 10th, 2010 at 01:00 GMT
@cappy: Assuming by your comment that you are from the north, I can see why it would be difficult for you to understand. When southerners like myself take pride in the Confederacy, most of us aren't saying we actually want the south to rise again. We can love America while still taking pride in the fact that our ancestors were willing to fight for something they believed in so strongly.
Aug 10th, 2010 at 01:08 GMT
One of the reasons for the low populations is that cities are hot. Southern cities are really hot, although being near water helps. Most cities in the south did not become large population centers until the invention of air conditioning.
Aug 10th, 2010 at 01:54 GMT
Well, (in response to other comments) the population wasn't that tiny in the South; it was just spread out because the economy had not industrialized. Raw materials (esp. cotton) from the agricultural economy were sent up north for manufacturing. One funny thing is that throughout history (including today- the most notable example is Basque Country but there are others, including in the US) the regions that want to secede (or where disenfranchisement with the government is highest) are consistently the ones who rely on the central government most for sustenance.
Aug 10th, 2010 at 02:09 GMT
@jessbowen: I think that the urbanization of the south had to do more with the mechanization of farming equipment like tractors. Before this, all planting and harvesting was done either by hand or with a mule. Mechanization meant less farmers and tenants were needed, so many of them moved to the city and the urban population grew. This just coincided with the installation of air conditioning in the early twentieth century.
Aug 10th, 2010 at 03:28 GMT
I always find it amazing that the cities that were once major centers can be left in the dust by rapidly growing cities that spring up seemingly out of nowhere.
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