Something our Civil War didn’t change . . .

In the 1860’s, the South had largely ignored the Industrial Revolution – they didn’t need all those fancy new machine things because they (the ruling class and aristocracy) owned many people to do the work. (And those poor whites? They were invisible.)

Then the slaves were freed – and the South found it was dirt poor. That was 150 years ago. But look . . .

Percentage of people in poverty in last 12 months


14 responses to “Something our Civil War didn’t change . . .

  1. Wow. What a powerful graph. I can’t help linking it to the movement against illegal immigrants – I see a reason why California has a different spirit than the other Southern states.

    We also see where a “bigger” government with better social programs could do a lot of good…


  2. Whoa … now this has caught me off guard. So my first thought was to point to the sources … oops, it’s nonpartisan. Ok … I’ll stay stunned.


  3. Coincidence, I just re-posted a piece about an incident in bleeding Kansas that helped start the Civil War.


  4. Connecticut and New Jersey are well off, because the fat cats from Wall Street, the big banks,mostly reside in both those states. Yet Hartford, CT is one of the poorest cities in the country.


    • I grew up in CT and it’s always been pretty prosperous. But of course, NY money was always there, there’s just lots more of it now. But what’s with New Hampshire? Virginia is interesting too – see how it’s carved out. All the DC money is in Virginia. I hear some of the richest counties in the country are in VA.


  5. The two things I can come up with NH, no state income tax, and no sales tax, but very high real estate taxes. Quite a few of the people do work in Massachusetts, as I-93 & I-495 are clogged and backed up during the rush hours.


  6. I’m from South Carolina and I can tell you that the majority of poor people here are stuck in a cycle of apathy, poor education and bad decisions which leads to continuous poverty in some areas which is more prevalent among African Americans, some populations of Caucasians, and Hispanics. Also, there is a huge entitlement issue. People boast about getting food stamps and have kids just to get a check from the government. There’s little incentive for them to wean themselves off of it either.


    • Poverty can be intractable – I’ll be many of those families come from poor. And their kids will be poor. Incentives, whatever they may end up being, have to come from some sort of intervention. Lots of people think this ‘isn’t our problem’, but of course it is because cycles are that. They repeat. And that affects all of our futures.


  7. You can overlay the statistics about the quality of education and see how closely the line up. Yet Rick Scott continues his assault on education. Great plan and one sure to lead to companies moving here and bringing jobs.


  8. That is amazing to think that Texas has a bigger percentage of people living below the poverty line than California, which has a larger unemployment rate. Now I am thinking , what could be the discrepancy ? Perhaps California’s fabled welfare system takes care of it’s poor better than Rick Perry’s State .

    I am thinking that just maybe this whole graph is skewed. What if the cost of living in Texas and the rest of the “poor” South is lower, than in the rich progressive states like California and New York . It might make this whole graph invalid ..


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