In response to RockScully's comment:
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In response to BabeParilli's comment:
Nobody was telling the South they had to end slavery at the outset of the Civil War. But the Missouri Compromise created the state of Maine which was actually Massachusetts prior to that in order to keep the precarious slave/free state balance when Missouri was admitted. The South rightly saw that eventually as territories became states in the west their reprehensible institution would be ending. So they made a break for it.
As far as Robert E. Lee, few realize he was offered command of all union forces at the time the Civil War was looming. And few realize he was eventually stripped of his US citizenship and that it was only restored in 1975.
And few realize that "Old Blood and Guts" came from a long line of Confederate military fighters.
RIP General Blackhead
[/QUOTE]No the Civil war was fought over trade money and power, all rich people on either side had slaves.I expect better from you jerry.
"All"? That's completely false. The South was mostly agrarian so they had to have slaves to survive, in their minds.
I am sure there are metrics out there by population in terms of how many slaves were on farms/plantations in comparing each part of the country, but there is no way "all" rich people had slaves in the North. Sorry.
[/QUOTE] Fact: Over 80 % of the Southners who fought in the war DIDN'T own slaves. It was a rich man's war. Lincoln would've kept slavery to stop the war and apease the South, but they were to stupid/arrogant and bent for war.