Most Southerners, however, were not slaveholders. All Southerners were sovereigntists, fighting a “War for Southern Independence.” They rejected central coercion. Southerners believed a union that was entered voluntarily could be exited in the same way. As even establishment historian Paul Johnson concedes, “The South was protesting not only against the North’s interference in its ‘peculiar institution’ but against the growth of government generally.”
And we still reject central coercion. We still believe in voluntary association with freedom to disassociate. We are still against the growth of government generally. Come to think of it, that is probably their problem with us.
There is a back story. The Scot-Irish were Scotsmen who came to America on an Irish passport. They were “allowed” to settle the Appalachian mountain chain because that was the “frontier” at the time and the chicken-shit British settlers on the eastern seaboard knew they, being fearless fighters, would protect them from the Indians.
Out of that came Country Music, NASCAR, moonshine and Daisy Duke.
These were also the people who made up the back bone of the Confederate Army. They were not slave holders simply because they were too poor to own slaves. They fought viciously because they were fighting in defense of their homeland.
Your UN-reconstructed friend– jtl, 419
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