My entire adult life I have defended the Old South and the Southern cause in America’s bloodiest war. Not because I support slavery or racism, but despite it. The positive parallels between what the Confederacy was fighting for in 1861 and what the American colonists fought for in 1776 are many and obvious—republican democracy, political and economic freedom, national independence, defense of one’s homeland. But these causes are never obvious to critics who can only see the other parallel—that both the Old South and the thirteen colonies were dependent upon, and protective of, the institution of slavery.[...]Some of my fellow Southerners, who honor their Confederate ancestors and the cause for which they fought, do their heritage a disservice when they pretend that that cause had nothing to do with slavery. Likewise, those who try to reduce the entire history of the South to race and race alone are not being honest or accurate. Any discussion of the Civil War must invariably include slavery, but this is not all that mattered and the degree to which modern folks try to make this the case reveals an intellectual laziness in which 19th century Southerners are routinely dehumanized in a manner similar to the typical stereotypes of minorities offered by bonafide racists.Jack Hunter, American Conservative Blog
Saturday, April 2, 2011
First of all, let me say that I don't think The American Conservative Union has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, despite what some wingers have alleged. I am at least
99% 98% certain of this.
Second, the Civil War started over the issue of Slavery - or more specifically it was the Republican party's goal of stopping the expansion of slavery into federal territories which led to the rebellion. No new slave states - the realization that slavery would not spread and southern political power in congress would wane - that was the spark.
Racism in 19th century America was not exclusive to the south, it was present in the northern states as well. However, the Civil War was about slavery; it was the common denominator; it was the proximate cause. Even Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is on record affirming this basic fact.