The 'Confederate' Blockade of the South

20 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2012

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Mark Thornton

Auburn University, College of Business,Department of Economics; Senior Fellow

Robert B. Ekelund

Auburn University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 31, 2012

Abstract

We show that Southern trade and the Southern economy were primarily harmed by the Confederate government’s economic and military policies. The Union blockade fleet and coastal bases were a necessary condition, but it was the policies of the Confederate government that made the closure of international trade and the destruction of the Southern economy possible. These misguided policies, more than any other factor, explain the unusual and unexpected effectiveness of the blockade in reducing trade and, ultimately in the defeat of the Confederacy, a result we label the “Confederate blockade of the South.”

Keywords: Civil War, Blockade, Trade Policy

JEL Classification: N51, N71, F10

Suggested Citation

Thornton, Mark and Ekelund, Robert B., The 'Confederate' Blockade of the South (May 31, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2071304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2071304

Mark Thornton (Contact Author)

Auburn University, College of Business,Department of Economics ( email )

415 W. Magnolia
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Senior Fellow ( email )

Auburn, AL
United States

Robert B. Ekelund

Auburn University - Department of Economics ( email )

415 W. Magnolia
Auburn, AL 36849-5242
United States
334-844-2929 (Phone)

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