The Congress and President Lincoln offered resources to help with the transition. indeed, it is inevitable, just like in Nicaragua, that there were those that did not make it, but being closer to DC they were able to get more resources to help them out so they have been able to eek out gains and survive up until the end of Reconstruction. They will struggle during the period between that and when the first oil wells are drilled.I wonder what was the impact on the black areas of the harsh winters in the early 1880s.
OTL this bankrupted many of the cattle farmers in that area.
On one of the worst days of the “worst winter in the West,” nearly an inch of snow falls every hour for 16 hours, impeding the ability of already starvingwww.history.com
A blazing hot summer in 1886 had parched the Great Plains so that when the snow began falling in early November livestock were already stressed and in notruewestmagazine.com
This is the area hit later by the Dustbowl of the 1930s.
Nice to see a TL that looks a the effects of a change during the civil war has on the years after the civil war, instead of the endless refighting of the civil war battles.