Friday, July 3, 2015

Confederate Flag

Some say the Confederate flag stands for slavery.  They say the American Civil War was just about slavery.  They say the flag is a racist symbol.  Well, sort of, there is a lot more to the story.  Several Northern states were slave states too, and they did not leave the Union, as was Washington, D.C.  They don't tell you that much to they?  Does that make the "Union" flag racist too?

How can a slave state not leave the Union?  They could stay in the Union because the issue of slavery was not the whole story of the American Civil War.  The North wanted a high tariff to keep manufactured goods from other countries, mostly Great Britain, out of the country.  They wanted a high tariff because they wanted to sell high priced manufactured goods to the rural South.  The South wanted a low tariff so there would be price competition with the North.

The principle that lead to the Civil War was a dispute over the rights of States to determine what happens within their borders, States Rights.  The issue was slavery.  The Northern states wanted to eliminate slavery and impose that on the South.  An immediate cession of slavery would have meant economic and social disaster for the South.  Slavery was slowly dying all across the civilized world, and it would have died a natural death on it's own, even without the war; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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