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[–] Kleyno 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

I stopped reading at around here:

Although their cause was lost it was a good cause and still has a lot to teach the world today.

Sorry mate, but I will never believe independence for the right to keep slaves was a good cause.

I am more than willing to respect the soldiers who fought on both sides and risked their lives for what they believed in, but I will never agree that slavery was a just cause to fight for.

And to those of you who may say that the confederate cause was not just about slavery, but also about states rights, then I would agree, it was about the states right to continue slavery.

Downvoat me if you feel it warranted, but that is my opinion and I will gladly accept downvoats for voicing it.

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[–] thatsmrdickface 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Downvoat me if you feel it warranted, but that is my opinion and I will gladly accept downvoats for voicing it.

The problem is that what you said wasn't an opinion. It is a fact.

We allowed the south to whitewash the real reason they fought the civil war. Rich, southern, plantation owners wanted to keep using black people as farm machinery. They duped poor, non-slave owning southerners into fighting the war for them.

The southerners who go on and on about southern pride and states' rights are just as delusional as their treasonous ancestors.

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[–] Piotr 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Exactly right. There may have been other reasons to support a war for states rights but slavery was definitely one of them. Even without slavery, I can only imagine the racial persecution, even today, if some of these states were given free(er) reign.

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[–] edistojim [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Then read the rest of the piece, its explains the why part much better than I ever could. States in the north had slavery too, often a point forgotten. And I never downvoat anyone for an opinion.

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[–] brother_tempus 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The seeds of the Civil War were :

The heavy taxation of the South to protect the industries of the North

The nullification of the Fugitive Slave Act by the Northern States

The Compromise of 1850

The declaration by Lincoln in his inaugural address that he would send the military to the Southern States to ensure all taxes/tariffs were collected and sent to Washington

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[–] oowensby 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

All of that is true.

However, all of the political speech in 1860-1861 in favor of secession prominently mentioned slavery. There are a lot of newspapers of the time online that support this, and not many (none?) that don't.

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[–] thatsmrdickface 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Lincoln in his inaugural address

Here is what Lincoln said in his inaugural address:

I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Yeah, Lincoln was pushing real hard to start a war with the south. /s

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[–] brother_tempus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Here is what Lincoln said in his inaugural address:

The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government **and to collect the duties and imposts; **

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[–] lissencarak 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Slavery could have been resolved peacefully, but it was easier, more expedient, and more preferable to the North to wage a war that would result in a large, powerful, and centralized government. The war destroyed most of the founders' original plan and paved the way to a different type of slavery - it also put the US on a slippery slope to larger and larger centralized state.

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[–] edistojim [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] edistojim [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Sorry about my formatting, I'm quite new at this, tips appreciated.

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[–] bill.lee 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

No problem, you'll get the hang. Thanks for sharing an alternate perspective :)