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 Posted: Thu Aug 17th, 2006 05:24 pm
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I view the term regionalism from a geographic perspective to help identify the cultural identity of a group of people.  You can factor in things like religious majority, economic infrastructure, education infrastructure, transportation networks, availability and types of foods, the national origins of the immigrants that populate the region....

Agrarian vs. industrial certainly makes up a very significant part of the equation between north and south, but then ask yourself, "Why did the North industrialize while the South focussed on agrarian economies of cash crops?"  Can that be tied to the heritage brough over by the immigrant populations when the metropolitan areas were being settled?  How does the microculture of New York City play into the development of the North from 1789 to 1861?

I know it gets deep, but just tossing out slavery as the cause like you are teaching a 7th grade US History class is grossly irresponsible of any one looking for real answers.

The value of this line of thought is not in coming to any conclusions about the Civil War, the true value is in applying the same detailed perspective on modern day issues.  Might keep us from another Civil War if some decent scholars are looking at bigger pictures.

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