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User Info Enough On Lincoln; entered at 2018-02-13 07:45:23
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Registered: 2009-03-09 avoiding yellow snow
I take a different view.
"rich man's war, poor man's fight".

Slavery was only a part of the narrative that got the 80% to fight for the 20% (or rather 5/95).
I think there was fear mongering in the South that the South would be subjugated under the North. It was an inferiority complex. The North would steal their assets (not just freeing slaves), control their lives, impose their demands on a far smaller populated and far poorer South.

One of the only economic paths for the poor white Southerner was to acquire land and slaves to work it. He saw the North attempting to cut him off of this potential path. I don't think it was a defense of owning people. I read that 70% of the Confederate army were farmers, versus 50% of the North.

I think a better question: why did the North fight the fight? How did the North get the also common man to volunteer to fight? I think partly because the South "started it" and they had to defend the idea of being American. Partly because they looked down on the South. Not too different from the "war of ideas" we have today between the coastal liberals and everyone else.

At the end of the Civil War, though, I gather soldiers on both sides didn't have any idea why they fought in the first place.
2018-02-13 07:45:23