I’ve been reading mid-19th century/Civil war non fiction for about…7 going on 8 years now. Little did I know picking up Tony Horowitz’s Confederates in the Attic, would consume my mind like nothing else. And that’s good for me because otherwise my mind would just whirr out of control.
Sometimes I’ll go a few months without reading or watching anything Civil War related, but, “Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”
Also, I feel if you don’t know this history of the United State of America, then you fall prey to just about anything. (e.g. voting for Donald Trump for President of the United States}
After years of reading books about and watching documentaries & series about the Civil War, I feel like I’m seeing a lot of the things that caused Civil War the first time around.
For the most part, disaffected white males that see their hegemony fading.
(I’m putting a pin in the racism argument)
Slavery was profitable. Slaves in 1860 were worth around $1 billion dollars. No one wants to swallow that kind of hit. The South also watched its hegemony over the Presidency slide away with Lincoln’s election.
I see a lot of these “otherings” going on.
Instead of former slaves coming to drive down the cost of labor for the white man. Its now the ” ‘Mexican illegals’ coming to take our jobs” or “sitting around on welfare.” OR “we need law & order when ‘thugs’ (i.e. an unarmed black man, woman or child) gets shot by law enforcement because the officer “feared for her or his life”OR “Radical Islamists”.
Its “us” vs “them”.” Them”=everyone else in the United State of America that is not a white male, possibly wealthy.
The rights that Thomas Jefferson wrote were given to us by The Creator had to have legal action for “them” to get access. Whether that’s to vote, to get an education, to have an abortion, to get married. “Them” had to sue. “Them” had to amend the Constitution.
Yet again, these disaffected white males see the hand writing on the wall. Their hegemony is fading. Even over the Presidency. How horrible it will be to “those men” when Donald loses to Hillary.
You got beat by a girl!
I hope he chokes on it.