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Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has created several
one minute videos. This video is on the Regional Differences that
were a major factor resulting in War.
Update: The History Channel has BANNED this
video as paid advertisement! For more information on this latest
example of political correctness run amok: Politically Correct History at History Channel or http://georgiascv.org/heritage_defense_index.php
One of the biggest
reasons leading to the American War Between the States was the
huge difference in culture and way of life between North and
South. In the North, particularly New England, manufacturing and
industry provided the main source of income and jobs, and most
people lived in cities. In the South, however, most people still
lived in rural settings and farmed for a living.
Northerners had also become much more secular in
their outlook on life and readily accepted even religions which
questioned the authority of the Bible and orthodox Christianity.
Southerners, however, continued to have a deep love and abiding
respect for the Word of God.
Northern cities were crowded with people from every country of
Europe and even beyond, while the Southern states continued to be
made up almost entirely of people from the British Isles, with a
large majority of them originating from Ireland and Scotland.
These people in the South had a much stronger tradition of ties to
the land and to family clans.
Northern city-dwellers tended to believe in bigger, stronger civil
government, while most Southerners felt that there should be less
government in their day-to-day lives.
Georgia Division Sesquicentennial Videos
| Robert Toombs Speech
Northern and Southern states had joined together to form
the voluntary Union after the War for Independence,
although both realized there were many differences
between North and South. But the differences grew over
the next 70 years. When the big government candidate
Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 without
receiving a majority of the vote, Georgia Governor Brown
called for a convention on November 13, 1860 at the
state capitol in Milledgeville to consider secession.
| The Truth of Slavery in America
One of the myths of history is,the South was responsible
for slavery in America. The Northern colonies of
Massachusetts and Connecticut were the first to legalize
slavery. North Carolina and Georgia were the last.
Northern and foreign merchants were responsible for the
brutal importation of African slaves to this country,
they made millions. Not one Southern vessel imported
| South Carolina Secedes video
The union is dissolved! Was the headline in Charleston
newspapers on December 20th,1860 after South Carolina
was the first to exercise her sovereign right to
peacefully secede from these united States. The right to
secede was a right that was understood by all of the
states prior to the War for Southern Independence. This
view is affirmed by the constitution and in the
principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
Most Southerners believed that Self-government is one of
the primary rights of Man.
| John Brown's Raid video
ohn Brown was a violent man who had led the Pottawatamie
Massacre of five innocent men in Kansas in 1856. He and
his sons had hacked their five prisoners to death with
swords because they did not agree with his abolitionist
views. By 1859, he had convinced wealthy supporters that
the best way to end slavery was by creating a violent
revolt among the slaves in the South. Using weapons
provided by his backers, John Brown and 20 men attacked
the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia to seize weapons
for arming slaves from nearby plantations.
| Lincoln's Election video
The election of 1860 revealed just how divided America
was. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the
presidential election by collecting only 39 percent of
the popular vote. He carried every Northern State except
for New Jersey and none of the border or Southern
States. Lincoln was the first president to be elected by
a purely sectional party.
| Corwin Amendment video
This amendment was approved by 2/3s of both Houses of
Congress by March 3, 1861. Due to lobbying efforts of
Lincoln. The amendment reads: "No amendment shall be
made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to
Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any
State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including
that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of
Lincoln publicly endorsed this amendment and the States
of Ohio, Maryland and Illinois were the only States that
ratified this amendment. This Constitutional amendment
is officially pending today.
| Regional Differences video
One of the biggest reasons leading to the American War
Between the States was the huge difference in culture
and way of life between North and South. In the North,
particularly New England, manufacturing and industry
provided the main source of income and jobs, and most
people lived in cities. In the South, however, most
people still lived in rural settings and farmed for a
| Religious Differences video
By the outbreak of war between the North and South,
there were many differences between the regions... but
none more obvious than the religious ones. The North,
led by New England , had long been the home of those who
wanted religion supported by the state. As a result,
Christianity had given way to a much more secular view
of religion there and had spawned new sects, such as the
Unitarian church. This new religion attacked the
inspiration of the Bible and even the deity of Christ
and led to humanism, socialism, and a belief in big
government in the North.
| Morrill Tariff video
Another major cause of the War Between the States of
which you ve probably never heard was the Morrill Tariff
Act passed in 1859 which increased tariffs on the South
from 15 percent to nearly 50 percent. Lincoln s first
inaugural address stated his resolve in collecting these
taxes no matter what.
| Economic Reasons for War video
By 1860, the South was responsible for paying more than
87 percent of taxes KNOWN AS THE MORRILL TARIFF going to
Washington, D.C.... even though the South totaled only
about 25 percent of America s citizens. These taxes were
largely due to import tariffs on goods shipped into
America through Southern ports. Northern businesses did
not want Americans purchasing lower-priced goods from
other places, so they used their majority in Congress to
pass tariffs that went as high as 50 percent in the
Tariff of Abominations.
| Political Differences video
Political differences between North and South played a
large role in leading up to the War Between the States.
Northerners tended to favour a strong federal
government, after the tradition of Alexander Hamilton.
Southerners, on the other hand, tended to believe like
Thomas Jefferson that power should reside in the states,
not the federal government.
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