Civil War - The War Of Northern Aggression Essay

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Civil War - The War Of Northern Aggression

Thesis: The world today is blinded from the truth about the "Civil War" just like they are
the truth of the creation vs. evolution debate. They're blinded in the same way as well,
misleading text books. The truth is that the North, Lincoln, etc. weren't as great as they
claimed to be, and that they went to illegal measures for an unjust cause.

The public school system was used as a tool of the government and still is to skew the
American mind into believing whatever it wants. For example: at the present time the
school child has evolution drilled into their head as fact, even though it has already
been accounted for as false. The C.S.A. (Confederate States of America) President
Jefferson Davis actually predicted this. He taught that if the South lost, then the North
would write it's history. Therefore, the generations to come wouldn't understand the
Confederate call for independence (Kennedy 17).

The public school system was put into effect after the North won the war. It's plan was to
appeal with a free education, which it did. Then it used it's captives in it's scheme of
confusing them about their parents cause. They were fed by such lies as the Confederates
were prejudice slave-holders who beat black people for fun. This, of course, was very
successful. Now a people who once believed in the federal government was here to help the
states reach common goals, believe it's their supreme authority.

One of the lies that has already been mentioned is that the "Civil War" is over slavery.
This is one of the most dead wrong statements that one could think of. First of all, 70 to
80 percent of Southern soldiers didn't even own slaves (Kennedy 34). People just don't get
motivated enough to give up their life over whether their neighbor is going to be able to
continue having something. One soldier in the Confederate army claimed, "I declare I never
met a Southern soldier who had drawn his sword to perpetuate slavery." Secondly, even for
the few slaveholders in the war, C.S.A. President Jefferson Davis, their leader, predicted
that all slave property "will eventually be lost" no matter what the outcome (Kennedy 35).
Why would a slaveholder risk his life to keep a slave that his leader already told him
he'll lose in the future?

The next popular belief to destroy is that only white Southerners owned slaves. This one
isn't even close to accurate. First things first, white men weren't the only slave
holders. In fact, black men started slavery by enslaving their own people in Africa, but
that's beside the point. In the 1830 American census, over 10,000 slaves were owned by
other African-Americans (Kennedy 64, 65). This would also have to mean that there were
free blacks in the South. Actually when a member of the 12th Connecticut came down, he
said that he saw as many free blacks South as he did in larger cities North (Kennedy 134).

Another surprise will be that the North legalized slavery first in America. Believe it or
not, Massachusetts legalized in 1641 while still a colony (Kennedy 71). Also, New Jersey
still had slavery going on at the start of the war. In New Jersey to become a free black,
you must be born after 1804 and be older than 21 years of age. So this means that everyone
not born after 1804 is a slave for life and everyone else is until over 21. In the 1851
census, New Jersey still had 236 slaves for life (Kennedy 75). This was only ten years
before the war! Here's the last one on slavery for now, Major General Ulysses S. Grant's
wife owned slaves during the war (Kennedy 27). This is even more evidence that no one was
fighting about slavery.

Everyone had their own views on whites and blacks or blacks and whites at this time,
including the President Abraham Lincoln. Everyone loves him, yet no one knows him. It's
really easy to appreciate what you don't know much about. In 1858, Lincoln was in a debate
with Douglas in which he spoke on the relationship between whites and blacks. Listen for

I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in anyway
the social and political equality of the white and black races-that I am not, nor ever
have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold
office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there
is a physical difference between the white and black races...I, as much as any other man,
am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race (Kennedy 27).

Go figure, Abraham Lincoln a white supremacist! Now that is something you won't here in
the history books and neither is the next point about him. But if he was a white
supremacist, then why would he be against slavery? It's because he wants separation from
the black people. In another debate with Douglas, he says, and I quote, "Let us be brought
to believe that it is morally right, and at the same time favorable to, or at least not
against, our interests to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a
way to do it, however great the task may be" (Kennedy 28). It sounds like everyone will
rejoice at Lincoln picking the splinter out of the South's eye, but they all miss the
plank in his.

The Northern hypocrites were found more racist than their leader. In the North, the white
carpenters, bricklayers, and painters refused to do work with the black people, but the
whites in the South worked side-by-side with blacks on a regular basis (Kennedy 53,54).
Then as well as Lincoln had his ideas with abolition, the Northern states had racist laws
working with abolition in their states to keep Africans out. You see, the Northerners
became abolitionist when they no longer felt a need for slaves or the black race at all.
For example, Connecticut refused to educate blacks because they claimed it would bring
them closer to equal with whites. New Jersey prohibited blacks from settling there (with
the exception of the slaves we already mentioned). In Massachusetts the punishment of
blacks staying there longer than two months required a public flogging. Then in Indiana,
Illinois, and Oregon they just weren't allowed to enter the states at all (Kennedy 55).
What does this tell you about what you've been taught?

The truth is that the average African-American was treated better as a slave than as a
free man in the North. The famous William Lloyd Garrison stated that, "The free colored
people were looked upon as an inferior caste to whom their liberty was a curse, and their
lot worse than of the slaves..." (Kennedy 54). Now that is something that wasn't in my
history books, any of them. Here's more proof: the people with a disability ratio, for
whites it was 1 out of every 1000, for slaves it was 1 out of every 1464, but for freed
blacks it was 1 out of every 506 (Kennedy 78). The freed slaves had almost 3 times as many

It's hard to believe it was these people in the North controlling the government, but it
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