From: Dave Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 21:23:34 PST
> Of the historical experiences shaping America, slavery still lurks most
> poisonously in the bloodstream. Of course, that partly reflects the enormity
> of the system itself and the scale of the conflict that ended it: the Civil
> War (which began in South Carolina) was the first modern war.
Not only was the Civil War fought as a modern war on the
battlefields, but the Declarations of Causes of Secession
show that it was fueled by modern concerns: disputes over validity
of contract, free trade, and strong property rights.
Now, since the antebellum South supported all three, do we then
ascribe to them the moral high ground?
 Why did they always fight at national parks? Convenient
campsites and concessionaires?
 follow the links from:
also check South Carolina's declaration for a discussion of
"compact" and breach thereof.
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