Civil War: The Untold Truth Essay

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Civil War: The Untold Truth

The Civil War started in 1861, and though it was more than a century ago, there is still
controversy and many questions arising about the subject. What were they really fighting
over? Should the South have been able to succeed? What were the South's true reasons for
succeeding? Was the North's only reason to go to war to free the slaves? Were Slaves truly
treated as cruelly as we are to believe they were? Did the Abolitionists have other
motives hidden behind tightly shut doors, which were not made public? These are only a few
questions people want to know the answers to regarding the American's War against
themselves. Some of these questions are hard to give a definite answer to, and say what is
exactly is correct.

History textbooks in the public schools, private schools, even homeschools, answer these
questions, but are they really the truth? The textbooks are written in the North's point
of view, the winners of the war. They are telling us what they want us to think the
reasons for the war really were. But they might leave out little key parts that aren't
beneficial to their view.

Did the Northern industrialists want a war to end slavery? No, not to end slavery, but to
end the South or, put more accurately, they wanted an end to the Southern power and
influence in the Nation. They, or those members of the industrialist clique, who dominated
the Republican Party then, were determined to dominate the country by whatever means; but
slavery was too profitable for it to be ended until they could "bring off their grandiose
plan of domination". There was no way they could have both the profits of slavery and
domination of the nation; and domination was far more important. Forcing an end to slavery
was the handiest method of destroying the South.

The Industrialists did not originate the abolition crusade. That developed coincidentally
and played into their hands as conflicting interests moved the two sections toward
confrontation. The Industrialists knew that the abolitionists were not going to end
slavery. The Industrialists were realists; the abolitionists were not. But the abolition
movement was creating a climate for war, and that was what the industrialists wanted. It
was as simple as that, too simple for most people to appreciate.

Slavery was the real reason for the war. It was the emotional part of the war. The
Northerners knew that if they found every newspaper clipping having something negative to
do with slavery, and publish it, making it seem as if all of the South was beating and
torturing the slaves, people's emotions would start to flare up. Which is exactly what
happened. Civilians started getting the impression that the slaves were being treated
horribly, and they were ready to intervene.

The big behind-the-scenes northern industrialists with their enormous financial resources
were making political decisions, and these hardheaded people were not playing for
sunflower seeds. They were out to win more enormous wealth and power. The fifteen states
in the Southern block were Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas and Virginia (including what is now West Virginia). These fifteen states comprised
all the land in the country where Slave labor could be used profitably in large numbers
and to better advantage than white labor. The South had reached its peak of expansion.
There were eight million white people and four and a half million Negroes, and nowhere
could the South look for additional political strength. In the North there were nineteen
million white people and one-forth million Negroes and a vast area of undeveloped
territory which was rapidly being settled with people whose economic interests would not
be with the South. Against such odds, the South could not hope to hold its own against the
Union. On every issue, the South was being and would continue to be outvoted, especially
on commercial regulations. Paying high prices for what it bought and getting low prices
for what it sold would have brought the South completely under the domination of the
North, the "North" really being the rest of the country.

The South is always looked on as if the only reason they wanted war was to be able to keep
their slaves; they wanted slavery and being able to own someone else's gave them a thrill.
This is another lie. The attitude of the South has never been well understood because the
insistence of the abolitionists upon instant and unconditional emancipation forcing the
South to defend slavery whereas the South most wanted an end to it. No practical plan for
ending slavery was being proposed by anybody, perhaps because there was none. "Cool heads"
might have worked out a plan for some kind of gradual emancipation, which could have been
preparation for the impact of farm machinery later on; but there could be few cool heads
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