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  •  Actually, the North was after the Pocahontas Coal (2+ / 0-)
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    Deposits of West Virginia -- the Saudi Arabia of their day.   Greatest deposit of high quality coal on the planet.  VITAL to Big Steel, Big Railroad, the US Navy,  the British Navy and the Industrial Revolution in the United States.

    The famous British geologist David T Ansted had been hired to scout the deposit in 1853.  During the Civil War, the state of West Virginia was illegally created by splitting off part of Virginia -- an act explicitly banned by the Constitution.   After the war, New York financier Abram Hewitt made a massive fortune in the West Virginia coalfields.   Abram was the son-in-law of the leading financier of the Abolitionist movement --  the immensely wealthy Peter Cooper.

    Of course, many other New York and Philadelphia and even British investors fed on that carcass for decades.

    •  "Give us our slaves back !!" (0+ / 0-)

      I do believe that's the next logical step in that progression.

      Undoing the 13th Amendment will be demanded as compensation for passing a long term extension to the debt ceiling.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:01:49 AM PST

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