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 Posted: Thu Aug 17th, 2006 05:04 pm
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When looking at the causes for the war, my reading leads me to the central point being regionalism.  Trace the concept of regionalism back to the roots of the Revolution and I think you will see a VERY powerful motive force.  The regions of our country, prior to mass media, were roughly homogenous in their culture.

Did you wonder why the fervor of the Revolution began in New England?  Sensitivity to English decisions regarding overseas trade maybe was more accute there.  The line is crossed when one region tries to impose its sense of cultural values on another.  As we progressed through the early nineteenth century, identification of a state as either slave or free became a polarizing idea because of the pressures of regionalism and the balance of representation in Congress.

I challenge you all to think through the idea that slavery was only the very visible symptom of a greater problem of detached regionalism.

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