Problem is most of us only read those things that interest us or that we believe will uphold our preconcieved beliefs. If Will read more extensively he would realize that the reasons for the war were complex and layered and not as easily defined. One must also look at the elite vs the politico's vs the common mans reasonings for supporting or engaging in the war. They vary greatly. To base one's opinions on politicians writings represents a very narrow view. To say that slavery was the major, overriding reason for the war to the majority of the populace of the south is narrow minded and simplistic. To say that slavery was NOT a significant driving force on the conflict is ignorant. The truth lies somewhere in between.
Just last night I watched a PBS special on the Civil War. I found it interesting that emancipation was not on the plate at the begining. Linclon did not want that issue to be a factor and only used that course when he needed a "higher moral reasoning" to continue a war that the Union was losing at that time (1862). I also found it interesting that once the Confederacy instituted conscription (excluding those that owned 20 or more slaves) the population quickly lost their zeal and less than 40% of those required to sign up did so. They felt that the conscription law betrayed what they were fighting for which most identified as states rights. Regardless of where you fall on the question of how influential the question of slavery was the Civil War, viewing the PBS special helped me sort out some issues in my mind. Good stuff.
I had been away for a few months. I return to find nothing has changed: certain segments of our society are still crazy and Will Moredock is still a Moron who apparently has a writing limit of 2 paragraphs.
Amazingly enough I had a near identical circumstance retold to me just last week. The Postal Clerk flatly refused to help with a box in any way, shape or form. This must be a Charleston thing. They no longer offer "options" to shipping either by detailing the least to most expensive methods. Odd.
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