That the prob the Civil was not about Slavery it was about States rights! Slavery was a side issue!
Many of the secession bills from the Confederate states specifically call out slavery as an issue driving their decision.
That isn't to say that slavery was THE issue. There really wasn't one single issue. The causes of the Civil War were many, and highly complex in nature, including not only slavery and states rights, but also economics, industrialization, trade, manifest destiny/expansion.
And there was a HUGE disconnect between the underlying motivations of the Southern power-class and the Southern manhood that made up the rank and file of the Confederate armies.
To try to peg the cause of the Civil War on one single issue (or just elevating one issue to a "first amongst equals" status) grossly oversimplifies (caters to the low-information voter, I suppose) and does a great disservice to both history and the memories of those who fought, bled and died on both sides of the matter.
No one talks about the high tarrifs on cotton and goods perpetratrated by the North on sales of goods and then resold to Europe for profit!
The South was carrying the Nation on Items from food to textiles! The same as today but on an individual basis!
The Government is taking the working class to the cleaners!
posted on 06/15/2013 5:27:09 PM PDT
("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
I still refer to it as the war of northern aggression.
posted on 06/15/2013 5:36:24 PM PDT
If one has studied even the beginning of our republic, the differences between the North and South were substantial even with the North also sanctioning slavery then...
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