I am writing this article for two reasons:
First, because I want to, in some way, commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the War for Southern Independence. Secondly, because I am sick and tired of all the other commemorative articles focusing on the liberation of the negro.
In accomplishing those objectives, it is not necessarily my intent to sway the reader from one side to the other, but to at least provide an accurate defense of my beloved Southland, from an unapologetically Calvinistic viewpoint.
The so-called Civil War was not sparked by a single issue. Sectional positions on slavery, states rights, and tariffs were merely the outward manifestation of underlying presuppositions that formed two distinct and diametrically opposed cultures. Although in a somewhat abated fashion, those opposing cultures still exist today.
Slavery. Several southern states list abolition of slavery as the reason for secession in their state ordinances. Although 75-80% of southerners did not own slaves, many hoped that they would one day acquire the means to do so. It was the great American Dream. Is slavery wrong? Not Biblically.
What do you think? In case you don’t know, you are one. Oh, you may not be forced to “pick cotton”, but the federal government is as coercive and intrusive, if not more so, as the stereotypical 1860′s slaveowner.
For the record, not only did yankees also own slaves, which were not freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, but the first state that attempted to abolish slavery was Virginia, in 1778.
States Rights. Contrary to popular teaching, the states entered the union as sovereign entities, not, as Abraham Lincoln represented it, as territories of a centralized government. Even Northern states had threatened secession in the past.
Tarrifs. Wealth redistribution 1860′s style. Northern industrial interests were attempting to make business cost prohibitive for the Agrarian class. Not unlike todays liberals, Yankees were intolerant of those who they could not control.
So…does this make the South the snow-white-good-guy? Far from it! Southern leaders often lamented the depraved state of their nation: from the institution of slavery to delivery of mail on Sunday. The South attempted to continue the American tradition in it’s Biblically based society, while the North changed the path of the entire nation with it’s departure down the path of humanism.
I am not bitter about the outcome of the war. My fathers and mothers did their duty and left the consequences to the Lord. At the same time, to those of you who call for forgetfullness of a war that occured 150 years ago, I say this: I will never forget that 350,000 of my people were killed and their homes destroyed for the sake of “national unity”.
Perhaps now you see why, in the dialect of the usually hospitible South, there exsists the phrase “Damyankee”.