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The Civil War was very much about slavery, just as it was about taxes and a bunch of other political issues. Prior to the Civil War, southern states were dominating federal politics thanks to the 3/5 compromise that increased their populations dramatically and afforded them around 15-20 more seats in the HoR than they would have had without counting the slave population. This led to southern states also dominating the Presidency, Speaker of the House and the Supreme Court. When Lincoln was elected, Southern states were afraid that he would abolish slavery and the southern wealth would be depleted. Few southerners owned slaves, but even the poor, non-slave owning southerners supported slavery for the simple fact that it kept them from being on the very bottom of the social and economical totem pole.

But lets not pretend that the North was opening it's arms to blacks. Most northerners would have preferred to send them back to Africa rather than accept them as a neighbor and equal. I don't consider this to be "racist" though. It was simply an uneducated, ignorant mindset that was common with the times. We know better today, at least most of us do.

When I see a person flying the "Stars and Bars" I don't automatically assume that person is a racist who would like to en-slave people of color. Truth is, I've known hundreds and hundreds of men and women from the South throughout my life who proudly display the Confederate flag and very few of them would be considered racist. And I've probably known just as many northerners, if not more, who are racist as well. But I do think they are a bit misguided in the notion that they are supporting/honoring their ancestry. That ancestry symbolizes division and the desire to separate from this country. I can't help but laugh at the irony of people who have Confederate tattoos on their arm or flags on their front door and their trucks who say they're proud to be an American. If you're so proud then why are you decorating yourself, your house and your truck with the flag that represented a movement to leave the Union? That's what I find kind of offensive about it. If you're "Proud to be an American" then show it by flying the National Ensign, not the flag of a separatist movement.

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Per. You are right. They go by what they have been told. I guess growing up were I did with all the Civil War sites around me I became interested in it. I have spent many years of my life learning about it. I don't claim to be an expert on the war just informed. Hell it is hard to find any historians who can agree on the issue.

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Most people have little clue about the Nullification Crisis and the Tariff of Abominations. They'd rather just parrot the propaganda that the Civil War was to protect slavery.

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Something else for you to read:: Tariff of 1828 What would happen today if this kind of bill was passed??

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"This resulted in the idea of nullification, whereby the states would have the right to rule federal acts unconstitutional. The federal government denied states this right."

Well yeah. If we're talking about the US Constitution, then it's the same interpretation for all states. Otherwise, we're not a nation.

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States versus federal rights.

Since the time of the Revolution, two camps emerged: those arguing for greater states rights and those arguing that the federal government needed to have more control. The first organized government in the US after the American Revolution was under the Articles of Confederation. The thirteen states formed a loose confederation with a very weak federal government. However, when problems arose, the weakness of this form of government caused the leaders of the time to come together at the Constitutional Convention and create, in secret, the US Constitution. Strong proponents of states rights like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were not present at this meeting. Many felt that the new constitution ignored the rights of states to continue to act independently. They felt that the states should still have the right to decide if they were willing to accept certain federal acts. This resulted in the idea of nullification, whereby the states would have the right to rule federal acts unconstitutional. The federal government denied states this right. However, proponents such as John C. Calhoun fought vehemently for nullification. When nullification would not work and states felt that they were no longer respected, they moved towards secession.

People need to remember that the US had not existed as a country long before the war started. We as a nation was going through growing pains.. There was still a lot on influence from the war we fought to become the US.

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It's. already been shown that only 1/4 of people in the south owned slaves. Assuming the confederate flag reprents pro-slavery is a ignorant. It's the same type of people who were offended by the word 'niggardly'

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Here is a lil info for some people. With the final ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in December 1865. Slaves still held in Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and twelve parishes of Louisiana also became legally free on this date.

I do think that there is some states in the North

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vacpl, the South was obviously about much more than the topic of slavery. The rebel flag, however, was and is the symbol of the South's resistance to the majority American belief that slavery was horrible and had to end.

Germany isn't "all about" the Nazis, or the Holocaust, or WW2. But the flag with the swastika certainly makes the majority of people think of those bad parts of German history. That's why civilized people don't display it.

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Damn what a way to wake up in the morning to a bunch a history experts. Before you proclaim the South was all about slavery do some research on were slaves were located in the country. It was not just in the South. Look at their living conditions in the North. It may be a little hard to find because the North tried to hide how they worked their slave. So all you history experts get out your books read and learn. Don't go by what others have told you or get your info from Wiki with out taking the time to verify what you read on there. As we say American by Birth,Southern by the Grace of God!!

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