- May 3, 2019
Remember in the movie, ' Gettysburg', when a southern soldier that had been captured was asked why he was fighting in this war? His answer was, "I'm fighting for my rights.". I bet he wasn't a slave owner. But, I bet he felt that the north was threatening his civil rights and it had nothing to do with slavery per se.
The question was(and is) except for the right to own slaves, what Civil Right of a Southerner was endangered, that was not equally endangered for Northerners?[/QUOTE]
As I tried to explain, the war was in a sense a class war. The plantation owners were threatened and this fear was passed on to the poorer and middle class people.
The fear that of the federal government can come here and do this to us, the wealthy plantation owners, think of what the federal government can to the less wealthy and powerful. A fear still felt in some corners of America today.
I can give you an example from my own childhood.
When Martin Luther King was marching for freedom and equal rights, I heard some of my father's friends claim that because of Dr. King, a black person could come to our home and force us out into the streets and we would have no recourse but to give our home and all we owned to the first black person that demanded it.
Of, course this isn't true. But, as an 8 year old that was terrifying to hear. If grown ups thought that in 1963, imagine how afraid they were in 1860. To deny that the average southerner was not afraid of the federal government and simply pushing to keep slavery alive, when most didn't own slaves is simply untrue