posted on Aug, 21 2018 @ 12:21 PM
a reply to: Freeborn
I also thought your abundance of guns and hallowed Constitution would stop such things?
They tried. Foolishly, they tried a military campaign that played right into the hands of the industrial north. Ultimately, fighting that way is
what doomed the South.
It's fair to say that had the south followed a strategy of "hittin' 'em where they ain't.", the outcome might, only might, have been different.
I always thought the biggest difference was that the Southern States resented the central, federal government imposing laws upon them and felt
their 'way of life' was threatened by their northern neighbours.
Initially slavery was just one aspect of this.
Obviously it became the single, biggest issue.
To a degree that was true. Slavery was
an issue, of that there is no doubt, but it wasn't the overarching issue by any stretch of the
imagination. Though later "history" would make it so. It was always States rights vs the power of the federal govt. Whatever those states felt
those rights to be--be it chattel slavery, or the price of cotton. My ancestors, from Kentucky fought for the South, others from Illinois fought for
the North. I was told, by my Grand-father that some of the reunions when he was a boy got--interesting. Still other ancestors were Quakers who ran a
stop on the Underground Railroad across the Mason-Dixon line.
No, there were a myriad of issues involved in the run up to, and during, the Civil War. Most of 'em intertwined with each other to a degree that many
of us, today, have trouble understanding. ...and, as you can see from this thread, many of those issues are still with us today.