It Was Never About Slavery... The American Civil War in Text & Memes

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It was always about the money. After the revolution the country was broke- the North whose economy depended on "manufactures" took years to rebound whereas the Souths' agrarian economy took only a couple of growing seasons. Both were heavily in debt but the South paid thiers off within a few years. The North with grossly inflated currencies (each state had their own currency at this time) was in a bind... the South agreed to bail them out. The South has always played a key role in the American economy.

Lincoln was not the "Great Emancipator" that history books paint him as- he was a pawn of Northern bankers and industrialists who wanted the South's natural resources.

History is written by the winners and the history of the Civil War has been distorted so badly that revisionist historians are now painting the South as a racist place due to slavery. Slavery was never about race and neither was the Civil War. In fact the Confederate Constitution prohibited slavery:

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None of these people are alive today, North or South; White or Black, to give us their perspective, but we do have quotes from them to give us some insights into what they thought and believed. The South believed they were fighting to preserve the Constitution, not slavery. Less than 2% of people in the South owned slaves... it's highly unlikely that they would have sacrificed what they did, both in terms of humanity and possessions to preserve an institution that so few had anything to do with.

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Lincoln was not the hero that history books make him out to be... he was no champion for blacks:

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Nor was Robert E Lee the racist modern historians would have us believe. Lee freed his slaves ten years before the war and they chose to work on his plantation as free men and women.

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The wounds inflicted on this country by the North have never healed. The scorched earth tactics of Sherman on his infamous "march to the sea" will never be forgotten. Neither will be the postwar depredations of "reconstruction."

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"To the victor go the spoils..." We still live in a country divided- on one side patriots who wish only to uphold the Constitution, and on the other a tyrannical federal monstrosity claiming power at all costs. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The revisionists want to erase history so that modern people can never learn the truth about their government... thank you very much Mr. Lincoln.

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Yes the US Civil War was not to free enslaved Africans but to keep the Union together. Slavery was a by product and that is all.

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. Abraham Lincoln

The only Successful Slave Rebellion was in Haiti. Other Slave Revolts and Rebellions happened everywhere in the States, Jamaica, Brazil, etc, but they were only somewhat successful or not at all. Some allow a few to live free in Maroon communities while others were squashed by the European Power.

I have seen the Appomattox Court House and jail. Yeah they sure did try to rewrite history. If only we had folks with fire in the belly that would take on our tyrannical government today. The stupor of apathy is taking over our country. Find me a truth teller that's ready to truly fight. Thanks my friend @richq11

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Me, but I'm too old. I can still shoot, but I can't do it alone. Also they'll have to attack me because I can't afford to travel anywhere... those are my terms lol!

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We need to recruit some young people to fight this war along side us. We need to educate them of the truth. Thanks @richq11

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I'm doing my best... people have changed since my generation. Everybody wants to be a hero without having to sacrifice anything. Ever since the whole self esteem movement got started people have become more and more self absorbed.

I'm no hero by any stretch of the imagination, but I understand sacrifice. I was willing to give my life for this country... I still am. I've done things too horrible to talk about- I may have traded Heaven for my country. Who's willing to make a sacrifice like that? Everybody looks for the easy way out. 74 years have taught me there is no easy way out.