Yesterday September 14, 2010, TCM featured Vivian Leigh. Her most famous Movie, which most of us have seen and many are fond of, is “Gone with the Wind!” After watching “Gone with the Wind,” I thought I would do some research on the Civil War
Some not too widely known facts about the Civil War.
The Federal Government received 75% of its revenue to run the government from the rich South. The Federal Government imposed unfair tariffs on imported goods and 50% of the total 75% was just from 4 Southern States, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Only 10 to 20% of this tax money was returned to the South. After Lincoln was elected he increased the Tariff’s on the South to over 45%
However, one of the reasons why the Federal Government did this is because the Industrial North was greatly hurt by the Panic of 1857 that occurred when a violent hurricane hit Central America and a sailing vessel carrying passengers and a huge gold shipment from California. The banks invested in businesses that were failing and American’s were panicking running to banks to withdraw their money. Land speculators who counted on the construction of new railroad routes were losing money.
The North used the Slavery Issue to gain the riches of the South and to pass legislation in order to go to war. War between the North and the South was inevitable because of their political and economic differences. Even if the South would have agreed to abolish slavery, the civil war still would have broken out.
The secession of the South became necessary in order for them to survive economically and humanly due to the alliance of the New England fanatics and zealots. The Northern Industrialist wanted the agricultural South to pay for the Industrialization of America.
Since 1830 the North had wanted to get their hands on the South’s land, cotton, minerals, timber coal and minerals. The idea that slavery was the main reason for the war was totally unfounded because it was the North who brought the slaves over here in the first place.
There were also cultural differences between the North and South. Southerners were mainly English, Scottish and Irish whereas Northerners were mainly Anglo-Saxon and Danish with their linage coming from the Vikings. These two groups were at war a thousand years before their arrival in America.
The first slave ship in America, “The Desire” was docked in Marblehead, Massachusetts and the North was dependent on slave trade for their economic support for their road and rail network. In fact the first state that legalized slavery was Massachusetts in 1641.
Therefore the Civil war was not a righteous war to end slavery instead it was a war of conquest requiring the Southern States to financially support Industrial America and the Federal Government. The North wanted to have a strong government and change the system given to us by our founding fathers removing most of the political power from the people and the states.
Lincoln made it clear during his election that even though he was against slavery he would not use the Federal Government to eliminate slavery in the South because it was already declining and would die naturally due to the free market.
Today America is at a political junction unlike any other time since the election of 1860. We can choose to follow the liberals into a totally socialistic state like those found in Europe or we can fight for the conservative values of individual freedom and liberty with less government interference in our lives.
The Answer is in the Bible
In Romans 3 verse 23 it states that we all have an evil nature and are bent towards sin. The North taking advantage of the South and wanting to take away their constitutional rights just proves what the Bible says about greed and mankind’s sinful nature. Also, in Psalm 119 verses 35 to 37 it talks about not desiring the things of this world more than we desire fellowship with God. If we always put God first we won’t succumb to greed. First Timothy 6 verses 17 through 19 states that we should look for God for security not money! I believe the two “True Christians” characters that come to the surface in “Gone with the Wind” were, Scarlett’s Mammy played by Hattie McDaniel and Melanie played by Olivia de Havilland. Although the social practices of the South had an influence on them, they still had a big heart toward humanity and love of their fellow man. Melanie always saw the good in everyone which is something we all should do. She did not look down on anyone but had deep compassion for others less fortunate than her which is a trait of the true Christian.
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