Kind of a shower thought I had the other day, but does anyone think or know of any reading about the long term political mindset the outcome of the Civil War had on the United States?
I ask this knowing that the more conservative states of the nation were also mostly once considered to be confederate during the Civil War. So if the outcome had been different, and the Union lost the war and the southern states seceded from the nation, would the Union/AKA United States minus the south be more progressive without those states? Would gay marriage, racial segregation, climate change, freedom of religion, etc all be more accepted today if the south had won? I think we would have two nations, one very liberal, the other very conservative bordering each other. Not to mention slavery most likely would not have been outlawed in the south until much later, if at all.
Does anyone have any further thoughts on this?