As I understand it, the group (s) who attempt to compare the writings of historical figures are composed of scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other experts. I assume they would take your points into account.Bad writing do not equal low IQ. A person can have a high IQ even if he never learned to read/write.
I think that's true. I read somewhere that in 1865, 90% of the Mississippi Delta was still open land, totally uncultivated.If the Confederacy had tried to exist as a separate country, the free line would have moved down to the Ohio River. Slavery would have become concentrated in the deep south.
I'm not a student of the South's antebellum and Civil War history, but I doubt your description of 90% of the Southern population as being "poor or even desperately poor" for the following reason: During the Vicksburg campaign, Grant was able to march his army back and forth between Vicksburg and Jackson, feeding them almost nothing except for what they could pilfer from the population, and of course Sherman did the same through Georgia. To me this paints a picture of the rural South as being quite self-sufficient. Maybe not rich with cash, but even if all you are is a subsistence farmer, you are not "desperately poor" if you can comfortably feed, clothe and shelter your family.There were about 50,000 large cotton and sugar operations in the south prior to the war. That supported about 10% of the population. Most of the rest of the southern population was poor and even desperately poor.
The slaves where "desperately poor" ;-)but I doubt your description of 90% of the Southern population as being "poor or even desperately poor"
Supposedly, grant had the lowest IQ of any US president.
And I doubt there was any reliable method of measuring that subjective trait then.
We've gone from psychoanalyzing the dead to estimating their IQ.They don't measure the IQ of historical figures. They estimate it based on what they've produced. It's simply a matter of comparison. Writing is especially easy to do because computers today allow you to examine the writing of ancient figures. Paintings, sculpture are more difficult. Music is also fairly east to use as an estimator.
It's important to remember that West Point graduation rankings were based on demerits as well as well as test scores.Grant was a graduate of West Point. He was right in the middle.
McClellan graduated second in his class and only because one other guy beat him in drawing. As I remember, MacArthur was first. Custer was last.
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