The Civil War: the Confederate-Southern Perspective Essay

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The Civil War: The Confederate-Southern Perspective

We are often taught in grade school the Union (or Northern view) of the Civil War because that is who won the war. In retrospect, both sides should be taught in American history, since, after all, this was a war with ourselves over differences. How different the nation would be if the South had won. Would we still engage in slavery? Would the United States have a completely different moral and ethical code in business? What of the impact of religion? Politically, how would our nation then be ran? These are just a few of the questions raised as I began my journey in search of Confederate ideals and Southern reasons for the war. In every story, there are three sides. With the Civil
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If more states were admitted as “free” states, it would counter their ability to be represented in the national government and also prevent their Southern economical growth to counter that of the North. The slaveholders identified their own ideals with the essence of civilization and, given their sense of honor, were prepared to defend them at any cost. The South was deeply devoted to their localities, and state level rights. Their pride showed through their need to be represented in a fair manner politically in order to keep them aligned with the idea of being included and actively participate in a balanced Union. The South, however, could not keep up with the population growth and capitalism that was flourishing in the North. Their slave society put them at arms with the North, and constantly on the defensive, which made surrendering their way of life as an impossible thought and a purpose to defend. Only slavery gave the South its own identity and many Confederates became Confederates not because they shared a sense of unique nationhood but because they had a mutual fear of a society without slavery and white supremacy. Ever since the establishment slavery in the United States, the South had always held a substantial representation of them as a necessary workforce in the staple crops used in international trade. The best ariable lands and temperature was found in the South, which

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