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November 03, 2009

Causes of the American Civil War 1820-1861

As we consider the reasons why the South lost to the North in the Civil War read the following. 

The Confederates  (the Southern supporters of secession)  lacked  a feeling of oneness, the almost mystical sense of nationhood.  They lacked a consensus on why they fought or what they fought for.  The Confederate nation was created on paper, not in the hearts and minds of its would be citizens.  These deficiencies reflected a national will that did not equal the demands (fighting a long and bloody war) placed upon it.

Southern Nationalism p64 Why the South lost the Civil War Richard Beringer

Having studied the political events of the 1840s and 1850s how far do you agress that the Southern States lacked "oneness", "consensus" and "a clear idea of what the Confederate States of America would look like as a new nation"?



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