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The First Civil War

History can be described as two basic versions of the same story. Famously, the best documented one is “written by the victors”. But serious students seek out other documents, taking the measure of both sides to develop a better picture of what happened. That has great value because as Mark Twain is often quoted, “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

I bring this up because The First American Civil War is about to rhyme. We will be better served by understanding the causes and effects of that horror as we enter the next one. If you think it was about Honest Abe freeing the slaves, then your mythology will be misleading your understanding of current events.
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If this is the first time you have been exposed to the concept, it will be too great a leap. If you have studied at least a bit of the story told by the vanquished, you will understand that The War Of Northern Aggression, as some call it, resulted from 80% of the USA tax burden coming from southern states while 80% of the representation in Congress was in the north. Just like today, the big money elected representatives who, in turn, legislated even bigger money to their sponsors. Money begat money; wealth begat wealth; weakness begat greater weakness.

As a result, 80% of the expenditures were on northern infrastructure, that is railroads, canals, and other ways to turn the north into a manufacturing and financial giant. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the rural southern states were more inclined for individual liberty and small government than the north.

Slavery was not an issue until Lincoln made it so as the north was about to lose. That ploy kept the Europeans out of the war just long enough to turn the tide. Again, I understand if this is your introduction to this, that it seems far fetched. However, Lincoln is amply quoted and historically documented to be completely hands-off the slavery question until his famous Emancipation Proclamation.

I started out to write about current rifle training since the Civil War where the southern men out-shot the northern men 8 to 1, but the background information was too large to be the front-end of a blog post. Now it will stand alone while my rifle training post will follow immediately.