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Re: “Slaves to 'Settled' History

These comments show some small grasp of the reasons that led to the Civil War (War Between the States). Slavery was certainly part of the equation, but primarily this was a fight over how the Union ought to be and would be organized, what principles it would support, and how it would be governed. The South certainly tried to chart a path that gave it the greatest chance of success. It defended its "peculiar institution" to help maintain the alligence of the ordinary Southerner. It touted "states rights" in hopes of maximizing both foreign assistance and as a means to bring in some Northern sympathizers (remember the New England states had once threatened secession themselves). It emphasized the "honor" of its struggle seeking sympathy from Union commanders. And in Lee's words sought to fight a "defensive war" to demonstrate that this was not a coup. Unfortunately the combination of the conflicts between these presentations, the failure to find foreign supporters, the lack of sufficient Southern industry, and I would argue most importantly the lack of a centralized Southern government doomed the Southern struggle almost from the outset. So one obvious question to ask is this: if the South had managed to stalemate the war and gain some form of independence, considering these mutiple impediments how long would it have been able to maintain that independence in the face of continuing Union invasions and foreign disapproval (remember slavery wad illegal in most of the rest of the Western world) and foreign desires to slice away parts of the Southern territory?

Posted by kennethzimmerman on June 10, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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