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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2012 05:40 am
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How was fighting the civil war preserving the union?



 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2012 12:58 am
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The Union,The United States of America as it were, also included the Southern States....At a certain point, the Southern States wanted to make their own country, thus taking those states out of the Union and therefore making the United States of America a much smaller country.

So, the war to preserve the Union was the attempt made to keep those states from making their own country.....



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Albert Sailhorst wrote:
The Union,The United States of America as it were, also included the Southern States....At a certain point, the Southern States wanted to make their own country, thus taking those states out of the Union and therefore making the United States of America a much smaller country.

So, the war to preserve the Union was the attempt made to keep those states from making their own country.....


Right. The North wanted to remain as one, while the South was threatening to split off and become their own country. The North decided that that wasn't going to work, and shots were fired over this disagreement. Imagine if the US was split in half. Pretty much 2 countries with nothing powerful between them. However, together, the Country is one of the "Power-Players" world-wide.
Any division would've weakened the country- so in a backwards way, the country was unified by the war.

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Insecurity,
Amen.....



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Keep in mind, the country runs on waterways. With Mississippi and Louisiana seceding, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers would land lock any states north which would come in to the Union. At the same time, the first 7 states to secede all are coastal states interested in trade. Secession meant they could keep the tariffs revenue in the South instead of sending it North.



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I'm scared. A new member who is actually a person.

Sincere apologies for the terrible joke, myfreedomfirst. You have to understand that we experienced problems last fall which took the board down. And since it came back up earlier this year you're maybe the third or fourth new member to actually be a real member and not a salesbot/sales troll/advertisingbot/ advertising troll. And the vast majority of posts this year have been bots/trolls. It is most certainly nice and welcome to see a new member who is an actual person.

Your comment, I think, goes a little more to the trade aspects leading up to the war. Railroads were already having an impact on commerce in the country, but deep water waterways meant the most important aspect of commerce in the nation. That being both transport of bulk cargo around the nation and international transport of goods.

I disagree about new states coming into the nation being land locked because of Louisiana and Mississippi seceding. The secession of these states more deals with the outlet of the Mississippi into the gulf. Transport along the Mississippi could have gone North, allowing access to the Atlantic via the Illinois and Michigan canal and then the Erie Canal. And railroads would have also come in to play. This would have made things a little more expensive on trade in the North.



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