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 Posted: Thu Sep 15th, 2011 03:08 pm
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As polarizing figures, I would add to Jefferson Davis all the others of our Southern leaders in Congress who, I believe, saw the establishment of a separate country as a way to elevate their own status (power) -- bigger fish in a smaller pond. {That goes double for some of the S.C. leaders.)  As the war began, Stephen A. Douglas noted that he had observed them plotting this within the halls of Congress.  This realization was one factor in his strong support for the war.  Douglas knew about political power and recognized grabs for such when he saw them; i.e. 'it takes one to know one.'



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