It's a fact Bill. I've said many times that slavery was a sidebar.Alabama had iron ore and coal production and produced steel. Like Pittsburgh tho steel production left Birmingham and moved overseas long ago. Gadsden also had steel plants and that's just the local stuff I'm well aware of that was going on in my life time.
We make more cars/trucks here in Bama today than they do in Detroit I'm pretty sure. A new plant is being built at this time in Huntsville that will produce vehicles for two different manufacturers not just one.
Had the Confederacy won I don't think us and the US would have remained enemies but would have gotten along fine and would have cooperated in the world wars and might even have been reunited as one country before that.
In spite of the story told by the north who won it wasn't about slavery it was about states rights. A southern victory would have been vastly better for the entire nation longer term as states would still have rights and so would we citizens. We'd not have the ridiculously powerful federal government we now have.
States rights, and the price of cotton.
The South paid over 70% of all taxes paid to the federal government, while the "industrialized north" sucked up that tax money and demanded lower prices on textiles produced in the South than was the going market value.
At the present, almost 70% of all government defense contracts are held by companies in Texas.
And as stated, Alabama is building lots of marketable cars.