Originally Posted by Michael E Johnson
I think this would perhaps curtail somewhat the Southern domination of/influence on the national government . Washington City/DC was really a Southern city in its character and culture until the 1960's.A major difference would probably arise in the Civil War.So much of that conflict was about the Union manuvering to prevent Dixie from capturing Washington.If the capital was in Philadelphia or New York,this wouldnt have been an issue and Richmond would probably have fallen alot sooner than it did in OTL. Maybe they would have left their capital in Montgomery.
This is a great point, that leads to a more subtle problem if DC isn't the US capital, it may also have made seccession more plausible as an alternative to Civil War.
For example, there were draft riots in New York during the ACW. If it were the capital, considering the demogogic nature of some of our politicians, how would things have turned out?