Migration Responses to Conflict: Evidence from the Border of the American Civil War

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Often, when researching for this Forum's Trivia pages, I come across statements made by those who continued moving west in search of peace. Also, there are examples noted in old Newspapers, like Carolina Spartan, of tar and feathering, hangings, torching farms of accused abolitionists, those neighbors who did not own slaves. These images below offer a glimpse of motivation for those families in the South, who did not own slaves, to uproot and leave behind all they had established while working for generations, and move into the wilderness to avoid conflict.

Slave Coffle passes Washington Capitol.jpg


Hanging of Abolitionists.jpg
 

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Migration Responses to Conflict: Evidence from the Border of the American Civil War
by Shari Eli, Laura Salisbury, Allison Shertzer

NBER Working Paper No. 22591
Issued in September 2016, Revised in September 2016
NBER Program(s):Development of the American Economy, Development Economics, Labor Studies

The American Civil War fractured communities in border states where families who would eventually support the Union or the Confederacy lived together prior to the conflict. We study the subsequent migration choices of these Civil War veterans and their families using a unique longitudinal dataset covering enlistees from the border state of Kentucky. Nearly half of surviving Kentucky veterans moved to a new county between 1860 and 1880. There was no differential propensity to migrate according to side, but former Union soldiers were more likely to leave counties with greater Confederate sympathy for destinations that supported the North. Confederate veterans were more likely to move to counties that supported the Confederacy, or if they left the state, for the South or far West. We find no evidence of a positive economic return to these relocation decisi
https://www.nber.org/papers/w22591

One that @wausaubob might enjoy...

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USS ALASKA
I am surprised that no mentioned the approximately 20 k Confederate supporter's who immigrated to Brazil after the ACW. We have a few threads about that.
Leftyhunter
 



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