Ya know..i cant even get 4 co-workers to agree on where to go for lunch but..somehow..the whole nation,in a matter of hours, decided to all ban the dixie flag...amazing.
In the end, however, it was the Union that launched an illegal war of aggression against states either taking a constitutionally permissable course of action, or who in some cases were sympathetic to others doing so and in other cases, might have potentially seceeded.
The Southern States wanted to break away from a Democratic Republic because of fears that Northern economic and political power would imperil their 'peculiar institution' of slavery. The Confederacy was designed from its inception to be a white supremacist state aimed at ensuring that its black population could never rise to any modicum of real liberty. Further, the successful secession of the Confederacy would have imperiled the cause of democracy worldwide by validating the allegations that critics had hurled at the manifest 'instability' of the democratic experiment and by creating an American continent riven by perpetual tension and war.
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I would even argue that the move westward is the proof that slavery was crippling to the pocket book of middle class voters and business owners and farmers. They wouldn't gain money from slavery. They were still racist to Blacks. They just cared more about money.
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