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User Info Enough On Lincoln; entered at 2018-02-13 10:14:01
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Registered: 2017-05-01 Missouri
We had this kinda debate fairly often in History classes while I was in college. Yankees would always bring up that many of the letters and speeches on secession listed slavery as a reason for leaving the Union.

My response was pretty much always, "different people can have different reasons for doing the same thing". Rich slave owners probably did want to fight for the Confederacy to keep slavery legal, among other reasons I'm sure.

But as you said repeatedly, slavery wasn't good enough a reason for the majority of the people in the South to choose to fight.

I think the biggest thing that people forget about the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression is just how soon after the American Revolution it was. Less than 80 years between the two, a tiny amount of time...

Robert E. Lee's father was a hero of the Revolution. Thomas Jackson's father and grandfather fought in it as well, most of the men fighting in the Civil War would have had a direction connection the Revolutionary War. They grew up hearing stories of British tyranny, is it any surprise that they looked at the North and got the feeling that history was repeating itself?
2018-02-13 10:14:01