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Slavery – boon and bane of the Antebellum South

Page entitled : Secession and the outbreak of Civil War

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The secession crisis, America's slide into Civil War and the lack of responsibility commonly attributed to the large plantation owners.

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…  often been stressed that the large plantation owners, as a group, did not after all favor secession but for various predominantly economic reasons, supported the Union. After the outbreak of war, these union sympathizers more or less reluctantly embraced the Confederate cause and heroically engaged in an army, which they knew was doomed, because of the superiority of the North’s armory industry and its larger population base. They fought as gentlemen in the first modern war of history, …


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