LOL - you beat me to it Calcav! Longstreet, that line about "there were more racists in the north than the South is pure opinion stated as fact. Unless of course you have some primary source, which would seem impossible since racism is not something that can be visibly measured.
I also have a problem with the oft-repeated line that "it was a different time" or "putting yourselves in Southerners shoes". Look at a timeline of abolition, not just here but worldwide. Slavery was not as "commonly accepted" as some would have us think. The inhumanity of it was not unknown or misunderstood. It was understood and accepted by the South for economic reasons.
Oh, I wasn't saying NOW there are more racists in the North than South. But I think we can all agree that in most places in the 1860's--North and South, were not exactly colorblind in the United States. There was racism everywhere you went, and there still, to a degree, is. And let me make myself clear that I am not justifying slavery. My apologies for straying of topic.
Calcav, if the Southern gentry had no fear of Northern political interference then there would have been no reason to go bananas everytime a new state was admitted to the Union. Beginning with Missouri, every state was contentious. Between fugitive slave activities and slavery in the territories, there must have been something that they felt threatened by. From reading various passages from Charles Sumner, I get the opinion that there truly was a band of legislators that was out to kill slavery. So, it was not so much the White House but the House of Rep. The Senate was balanced by the compromises, the White House was Southern for the most part, and the House was dominated by the North.
I haven't posted here in a few months but noticed the issue of who was more racist the north or south. In 1860 just about everyone was racist, I guess some more than others. As for modern times, Indiana seems to have the most KKK members.
Haha. I'm glad I could oblige. I hope I can start contributing to this thread. I am working on a masters degree in social science education and I just started a class on African American History from 1600 to 1865. Of course it is going to completely deal with slavery. I'll try to post things that I find interesting in the course and any book suggestions also. The professor seems to be high on the book White Man's Burden.