Spoken like a true southerner. And I have to say, ... (
I made it clear that there were no polls as seen today. The popularity of Lincoln was extrapolated from data provided in newsprint. Although the media was, and still are, biased, I used news from across the nation and mostly from Northern media, as I knew that some would be offended should I use any true Southern sources. I am sorry if you cannot handle the truth about your worshiped president. I would recommend that you visit the National Archives and immerse yourself in history written at the time. It would open your eyes to the horror of the northern Aggression and how it was unnecessary.
History is not always written by the winners, many times it is written by fictional writers. Sad, but true, most of the things you have come to accept about the Northern Aggression was written by individuals sitting in their Northern flats where they were waited on by their house negros. The vast majority never set foot in the South. Just as many today accept what they read on the internet as god given truth, so it was then that books sold for entertainment was not fact checked and later became the basis of propaganda. That propaganda oozed across the nation in a steady stream of abridged facts and later became the foundation of school lessons for the youth. Indeed, should the evidence be weighed, a good 80 percent of what you think you know is nothing more than disinformation based on what some want you to believe or think.
You make a grand statement, which I would love to believe, “ours is a country--for all its faults-- WILL NO(T) LET EVIL WIN!” Let us return to the war of Northern Aggression, as it was the intent of the thread. That war was pure evil, even down to the “setting blacks free.” Putting aside the barbaric actions of blood hungry generals, like Sherman, let us look at “freeing the slaves.” If this war was put into modern day concepts, the severing of all support for the blacks would be decried around the world as an act of lunacy. No safety nets, no long-term plan for easing those unfortunate souls into society, it was akin to dumping a hoard of uneducated preteens on the street and telling them to fend for themselves. Many did not survive, most took the path of least resistance, and a few went on to become self-sustaining honorable people. Those who took the path of least resistance still believe they are entitled to claim resources of our working class.
Let us look at your statement: “When southern conservatism rose up in all it's bigotted glory proclaiming that theirs was the right to own another man because, well, their entire worthless slave driven economy was built around it. Well, they were smashed and burnt to the ground!” To understand the “Southern Conservatism” you need to realize that slave ownership was not a white man’s construct, slavery was older than the newly established country yet to be named the United States. Ergo, the bigots of the South (black and white) was an extension of the bigots of black Africans who believed it was their “right” to hunt other black for sale into servitude. It was their economy that was partly built on that industry. However, the South did use slaves to power certain aspects of their agrarian culture. Motor vehicles was not yet invented, ergo no tractors, conveyor belts, no harvesters…the crops had to be planted and harvested by hand. Chief among these crops was cotton and sugar cane. And there is the base for the Northern Aggression. But I will let you figure out how the Northerners fueled the industry. Suffice to say, the North was the primary market for both crops and when the South began to ship those commodities to Europe, making a very competitive market, the North rebelled. They used slavery as a cover story, but fact is Northerners owned slaves well after the Northern Aggression. The truthful part of your comment “they were smashed and burnt to the ground!” You seem to have pride in this comment, and that is very telling about your skewed intellect for you are forgetting, the North devastated the South which included the “freed” blacks. The North robbed them of home and all associated means of honorable survival. The “Reconstruction” was a sham intended to line the pockets of politicians and their kickback prone companies of the North….keep in mind, this was a Democrat’s idea of how to handle 4 million uneducated blacks who found themselves penniless and dependent on charity and promises made by Yankees of 20 acres and a mule which did not materialize.