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  •  Nah (6+ / 0-)

    the South was and is part of us  Lots of Southerners were Unionists, and we should not have just backed off and let slavery continue for another 50 years.

    The problem is that the South was never forced to really confront and understand what they had done.  The problem was the slaves never got 40 acres and a mule.  The problem was that collective amnesia settled on the US as soon as the war was over, and nobody wanted to think much about what it meant or how long the real war would take.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:08:46 PM PDT

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    •  We had to fight slavery (0+ / 0-)

      The European powers had abolished slavery a generation previously. International trade and the prosperity of the entire US was being impeded by the south's insistence on the outlaw practice of slavery. We could not have let it simmer for another 50 years. It had to be stopped.

      In another 50 years, WWI might have been the invasion of the US by Europeans (a repeat of 1812) to halt the immoral and evil practices engaged in by the US as an outlaw state. And thanks to the damage done by internal strife, we probably would have lost.

      With the Atlantic and Africa closed to us as a slave source by Europe, especially England, America would have turned to South America and the Pacific Rim for it's sources of slaves. This would have meant continual war with European colonial powers and the associated nation states. America would be a pariah state. Poor, backward, and a nightmare for whites and blacks alike as the inevitable totalitarian government needed to maintain the continual war footing sapped more and more from the nation and provided nothing good to the people.

      The "dream" of a resurgent CSA is a nightmare for all serious and decent people.

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