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Old 02-18-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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poor southerners who elected to fight may have been drafted, may have had neighborly pressure to fight for the cause, or more likely had a sense of home and family. They did what was expected of them as a member of the community. Even the aristocracy of the south such as Gen Lee was torn between Country and State both of which he loved and it came down to home, family, and community (state).

Also southerners (poor or not) probably did not like to be told what to do by ANYONE especially a centralized federal government. And as the country was becoming more industrial and manufacturing was settling in regions of the country, laws coming from Washington were tilting toward those regions as well.

So it is complicated and to say one thing was the cause is doing a disservice to all. my opinion
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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The obvious cause of our Civil War



Simple ... Money and power, Money and power, Money and power ! ! !
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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The influence of tariffs on the Civil War has been virtually ignored through much of the last century. I believe a lot of that is that people would like to assign a higher moral cause for such a deadly conflict. Keep in mind that slavery was ultimately abolished but sharecropping took its place.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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The influence of tariffs on the Civil War has been virtually ignored through much of the last century. I believe a lot of that is that people would like to assign a higher moral cause for such a deadly conflict. Keep in mind that slavery was ultimately abolished but sharecropping took its place.
Shush.. don't try and spoil the NORTH's HIGH MORAL GROUND argument!
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard conservatives claim with a straight face that the civil war had nothing whatsoever to do with slavery, which has always struck me as rather laughable. While I can understand why someone from the south might be sensitive about admitting that their forefathers fought to keep slaves in bondage, how many decades have to pass before they come to grips with reality?
I have never once heard anybody argue that slavery was NOT a central part of the cause of the Civil War. Who are you talking to?

Of COURSE slavery was a central issue. It's just that it wasn't the ONLY issue.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Now your just trying to spoil Liberals higher moral ground argument.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:53 AM
 
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Of COURSE slavery was a central issue. It's just that it wasn't the ONLY issue.

The Confederacy had WMDs
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