William Jefferson "Bill" Blythe III (born August 19, 1946) is a retired Confederate politician who served as the __th President of the Confederate States from 1994 to 2000 and as the Governor of Arkansas from 1980 until 1993. Blythe emerged in the 1980s as a "New Progressive" and was instrumental in bringing about a normalization of relations between the Confederacy's white majority and black minority, ending the century-long "Confederate Consensus" and formally ending the Problems, most notably in the landmark 1996 Civil Rights Act. In addition to his instrumental role in winding down de jure segregation, Blythe was a neoliberal who privatized many industries while loosening regulations on others, and lobbied for the Confederacy's inclusion into the G20. European economic sanctions instituted in the early 1980s against the Confederacy were lifted in his term, leading to a short but broad economic boom at the tail end of his Presidency. Blythe, in helping finish the policy of ending segregation while continuing support for the death penalty and abortion bans and heading off mandatory "forced integration" initiatives, left office as the most popular Confederate politician in decades despite many white working class voters beginning to defect to the Conservative Party.

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