The Civil War: What could cause such bloodshed and losses - Part 2

Causes of our American Civil War. Part 2

     Causes of the Civil War--Part 2 --"King Cotton"..and slavery.

  So the carnage of our American Civil War begins. Not that the losses at Ft. Sumter were great ( 1 southerner is killed when a cannon accidently explodes ), but what will follow will take the nation by surprise..and put our people into a climate of death for four long years. A national sadness blankets the population.

"A house divided against itself..cannot stand".( A.Lincoln)  No truer words were spoken. And we were a house..and a nation divided.

Did the division of slave state versus free state finally catch up with us? Yes.

Were the differences between the southern "antebellum" slave states and our industrial northern free states reaching a point where the issue of slavery could no longer be ignored, a religious and political hotbed that finally showed the northern population the truth with the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act ( basically stated that people were responsible for harboring runaway slaves that could now be apprehended anywhere within the Union..done for a reward of course.)

Now northerners would see manacled slaves brought throught their own streets. A pretty strong visual experience. Coupled with the power of the northern press..northern sentiment to abolition was growing.

And how did this greater slavery start. At a time when the US population is approx. 31 million .. there are 8 million slaves within the Union.

Eli Whitney had invented the cotton gin way back in 1793 that could seperate cotton seeds from the cotton so fast it became a very profitable agriculture. Not that it is a good idea to be bound to one crop. But now add cheap slave labor and you have the makings of growth and easy profit. Add 60-70 years and you have a regional lifestyle that is more than comfortable..and not easy to part with.

So the southern lifestyle and economy becomes dependent on one crop, cotton ..and also dependent on slavery. A dependency that will bind and restrict the slave states decisions in the future as states rights are squared off against the rights of the federal government. The idea of "nullification" ( to nullify Federal Acts) is proposed by certain slave state proponents within the political arena.

When nullification untimately fails..the proposition of secession is tabled.

Brought to the brink of our Union dividing..by

... the growing economic and social differences between the north and the south.

... the constant and often bloody struggle between slave state and free state supporters and proponents ( ex: Kansas - Nebraska Act of 1854)

... the renewed and increasing political battle of States Rights versus Federal Rights.

... the growth of the northern abolition cause.

When you really come down to it..slavery is within most of the severe problems plagueing the nation and the hallowed halls of our capitals..state and federal.

Has the sin of slavery finally caught up with and entangled the workings of a supposed free nation..yes.

More to come on the final straw that brings about the increasing struggles..debates..threats..and finally secession. That final straw..the election of a gaunt, inexperienced one term Congressman from the wilds of the midwest. His name was Abraham Lincoln.

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Cal Mendelsohn December 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Actually, your premise is not true, smellypants.Most of the so-called "red"states, the whiners who lost a national election, get more for their federal $$$s than blue states like Califorrnia, NY< Mass. etc. See this article on distribution of tour tax dollars in 2010, the latest year with figures: .http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/states-federal-taxes-spending-charts-maps From the article "Red states are more likely to be rural, and rural states were more likely to receive more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. Among predominantly rural states, 81 percent received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. In contrast, 44 percent of urban states received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Rural states, on average, received $1.40 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; urban states, on average, received $1.10. (Rural states are defined as states whose urban population rate is below the national average of 79 percent.)" If you want to move to Texas or the likel, that's fine of course, it's a free country. Places liek that are alrady taking an unfair piece of the pie based on what they put in.
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I don't know how you can characterize Texas as a rural state. Last I checked it had some cities like Houston, Ausin, Dallas El Paso etc etc. Vermont is one I'd kick out - it is rural. Also, it is not just the fed taxes it is the limitations on personal freedom, state and local tax burdens ( eg NY), the overkill ( many times over ) on regulation etc etc.
JM December 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mother Jones is your source? Please.
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Cal -JM is right. That is a joke of a site. If you are going to try and present arguments please try using facts and not fiction.
Cal Mendelsohn December 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Youknow, the information in the Mother Jones article came primarily fromThe New York Time awa rticle. Now, if youhave a political suasion that conflcits with it, that's fine. Here is the NY Times article--It says the same thing: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/us/even-critics-of-safety-net-increasingly-depend-on-it.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&: JMand smellypants-- You don''t have to like my sources either. They are real and based on real figures. Please find me some figures that back up your positions on this kindly, instead of just knocking the sources for mine!


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