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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil

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Re: Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil  [#permalink]

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New post 13 Sep 2018, 08:29
in my attempt i chose option E ,
however i realized later that the inherent key of this argument is the 2 "periods of time":
at the start of the civil war and by the end of the civil war
both choices C and E strengthen the argument in a way
however choice C provides an advantage factor that counters the superiority of the confederate at the start of the war
that's the subtle difference between the 2 choices
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C. The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.

more fire power and fire power
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I know nothing about the American Civil War, but here's my logic:

Conclusion (Contention): It was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without intervention of a major foreign power even when the war began and irrespective of the Conferate General's superiority to their Union counterpart.

Okay, so why? There's gotta be an alternate explanation that would allow the contention to be valid.

(A) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
Neither Weakens/Strengthens - Suggests that both had equal odds. In fact, if Confederate Generals were better than their counterparts then you'd expect this to mean the Confederates should have won.

(B) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
180 - opposite. Doesn't explain anything. Similar to (A), this AC suggests the Confederates had the upperhand.

(C) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
Bingo - all things being equal, the Confederate Generals were better than their Union Counterparts, so why did they need help? Well they were outnumbered.

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b](D) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
[/b]Irrelevant.

(E) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.
Don't get suckered into this. Take note of "By the end of the war..". The argument clearly states that the confederates were at a disadvantage from the start of the war.
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