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Much of the problem comes from the way the North treated the South after the war. The people who support the North tend to forget what happened during reconstruction. They make it sound as if the North went down South and made it a better place than it was. They want you to believe the Negros had it far better then slavery. While slavery was wrong and had to be eleminated former slaves never had it a good as the Northern history would have you think.
Does not history show that the freedmen's plight got much worse *after* reconstruction ended and state's rights were reinstituted in the South?
Lincoln is another example of the problem. He ignored the Constitution when it suited him and he never freed the slaves as the North teaches.
What does the North teach and what really happened?
Lincoln changed what he said when it suited him. Since this is not a thread about Lincoln I will not go into details, unless someone wishes to start a Lincoln thread.
Secession is another issue, which is discussed on these boards. The North would have you believe that it was illegal without showing you in the Constitution it is forbidden.
Perhaps that's what the war was all about?
Slavery as the main issue of the South cause of the war is another issue. The South clearly fought over states rights. The North denied the South of its' right to regain its' property.
How did the North do that?
Yes, the property was slaves, however slavery was a states right.
The North would like to think they were the saviors of the slaves when in reality they had slaves, their military commander at Appomattox General Grant own three slave at the time, while the Confederate commander had none.
Many Northern states at the time had laws making it illegal for former slaves and some Negros to stay in their state for more the 30 days. Lincoln did not care if the Union was all with or without slavery as long as the Union remained intact.
I agree with rrhrjs that the North can sound awfully high and might. I believe the South has plenty of reasons to be bitter.
Sorry I got so long winded, but there are many instances of history not being exactly told as it was.
By the way I am from Pennsylvania, so I am not speaking as a Southerner.