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The Great Civil War Lie

NY Times Disunion ^ | June 5, 2013 | MARC-WILLIAM PALEN

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:48:08 AM by iowamark

Civil War buffs have long speculated about how different the war might have been if only the Confederacy had won formal recognition from Britain. But few recognize how close that came to happening — and how much pro-Southern sympathy in Britain was built on a lie…

Early British support for the South was further buttressed by something as mundane as a protective tariff — the Morrill Tariff — approved by Congress on March 2, 1861. This new tariff, passed to protect American infant industries, also unwittingly gave rise to a troublesome myth of mounting trans-Atlantic proportions.

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The tariff had been opposed by many Southern legislators, which is why it passed so easily once their states seceded. But this coincidence of timing fed a mistaken inversion of causation among the sympathetic British public – secession allowed the tariff to pass, but many in Britain thought that the tariff had come first, and so incensed the Southern states that they left the union.

Nor was this a simple misunderstanding. Pro-Southern business interests and journalists fed the myth that the war was over trade, not slavery – the better to win over people who might be appalled at siding with slave owners against the forces of abolition…

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Why was England so susceptible to this fiction? For one thing, the Union did not immediately declare itself on a crusade for abolition at the war’s outset. Instead, Northern politicians cited vague notions of “union” – which could easily sound like an effort to put a noble gloss on a crass commercial dispute.

 

 

 

 

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com …

via The Great Civil War Lie.

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    Re Europe’s Plan To Save The South, Parts !&2…

    http://dsreif.blogspot.com/2011/12/napoleon-pope-and-csa-part-ii.html

    Dick G
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