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 Posted: Sat Nov 12th, 2011 01:39 pm
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Its not my quote Pender, its from Lincoln (his 1862 message to Congress). But I think it neatly encapsulates why men fought so hard for so long to keep the Southern states in the Union. I'm not saying its a "correct" point of view (I'm not saying its incorrect either). I'm just trying to explain why they did what they did. It is not so much that the "only road to greatness" came from the South, but that the actions of the Southern states might prove that there could be no road to greatness at all for democracy. As I pointed out, Southerners also were just as convinced they were fighting for their own version of democracy, which, as you accurately point out, they believed was in danger. I'm just explain the nineteenth century mindset. I think we owe it to the men and women of the past to explain their actions in context. Hope that helps clarify things.


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