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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 05:24 pm
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borderuffian wrote:

Actually it's not a very good one.  It was the North that forced the "freed" slaves into camps where they died of neglect, starvation and disease by the tens of thousands.

Some say the total number of deaths ranges between 100,000 and 200,000.

It should be noted that soldiers died by the tens of thousands of disease as well. If you wanted to stay healthy, a crowded army or refugee camp was the last place to be...

Northern historians don't write much about this.  It would be very damaging to their 'war against slavery' mantra.

Also, the North was doing everything it could to preserve slavery within its own domain.

It pays to remember that 'spread of slavery', rather than 'slavery',  was the major item of friction between the 2 sections. The institution itself probably had more vocal defenders than objectors...


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