Well for us to be a superpower like we are today we sure couldnt be split. IF so wed sure have to be allies and if you read some posts on here it would raise serious doubts as to if that would have happened. bottom line is both sides need each other. Without being united we most likely would be speaking a different language by now. Up north wed be paying WAY more for food and fuel and down south youd be pay WAY more for steel and manufactured goods. No matter which side won the war we needed to come back together. Who lost the war? It wasnt the south. It was the UNITED STATES! A war fought for the rich by the poor on both sides. A war fought by people that were LIED to on both sides. To make claims it would be better or worse are just that claims BS based on predudices. Nobody will ever know the answer. MY take on it is this. The south fought for independence. Something that in my opinion for what its worth is that wouldnt work for either side. the north fought to keep the country as one. Which is the only way we survive though times like the world wars. but again I cant prove that because its just speculation.