Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Member of the Year
- Feb 20, 2005
- Ocala, FL (as of December, 2015).
The worst cause a people ever fought for.
Agree to that.What I am trying to understand is the question of what caused this nation to divide into two hostile sections over so many generations of being one ,To say that it was just one issue is to say that every war that man has fought since time emortal is due to one and only one main cause.OR at one mark on a calendar.Jefferson was a prophet of the South ,one who taught state 's authority, not rights.This became a montra of Southern politics ,To the rural farmer of the South ,Jefferson and regional/states authority subsided central authority.What would drive these people into the radical sectionionist is the fear of NorthernCentral authority over these states.The war came with one statment,just leave us to our own life style and do not threaten us with submission to your rule.What happen was that the North was no longer to be threaten with succession and secession was the only way that the South was sure of achieving this .No more land ,fear of losing political control and generations from 1787 to 1856 of differences.The worse cause was not slavery but that neither side finally could resolve the issues that divided the two.BOOK=']The FIELD of Blood -violence in Congress and the road to Civil WAR=Joanne B. Freeman'' Disease of the Public Mind=Thomas Fleming and HEIRS of the FOUNDERS =H.W. Brands
Might I suggest the book, Lincoln & the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union, by Daniel W. Crofts.
It speaks to the idea of the Southern leadership inflaming the population of the South with false stories of the North wanting to abolish slavery, while the North stated over and over again that it had no right to interfere with slavery in the states where it already existed.