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The Southern Avenger: Stereotyping the Old South

01 Apr

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3 responses to “The Southern Avenger: Stereotyping the Old South

  1. Syler Womack

    April 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I can see all the good points here, but it seems to me that even if everyone had gotten up one morning in early 1860 and decided to free their slaves, we still would have had to fight that war to try to free ourselves from the outrageously unfair carryings on of the Federal government regarding revenues…

     
    • Rebel Dad

      April 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      I agree with you, there would’ve been a war no matter what because the North would not allow the South to be free.

       
      • Alan T Harvey

        April 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM

        I agree with Rebel Dad that the war against the South was unstoppable.
        I am told that Emperor Napoleon III, advised by his ambassador that
        an invasion of the South was imminent, tried to mediate, but was
        rebuffed by Lincoln. Also, Lincoln never tried to negotiate with Davis
        on the Confederate plan to greatly lower tariffs, a primary cause of
        independence fever. He could have asked if the South would phase in their
        reductions. Or he could have even begun to seek alternative sources of
        revenue for the Northern government. Also, many Yankees would have been
        glad to be free of a union with a slave-owning society; others not to have to
        deal with a free and equal Negro population in the North and Midwest.
        Again, an independent Confederacy would have those effects. Lincoln’s
        interests transcended such desires of the citizenry. He believed in a very
        strong if not omnipotent national government. Nor would he countenance any
        loss of sovereignty over any section (his address to Congress of July 4 1861
        proves that). I believe he had to crush the concept of state sovereignty
        everywhere, and contra the seceding states was the obvious place to
        accomplish that. Besides, he lusted for the power of money in politics.
        It was a no-brainer for him to do what the Northern industrialists wanted:
        a captive market in the South, high tariffs (for the South to continue being
        the cash cow), and crony capitalism in the seats of Northern power. Hardly
        difficult to understand why Pope Pius IX thought the Yankee invasion was
        immoral!

         

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