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From 1861 To 1991 And Further- to 20?? Not Ashes, But Fire

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.. Southern States   had   every Constitutional   right   to   go out of the Union But Lincoln said, no. Lincoln said,   this Union   can never be broken.   Now, that was a terrible responsibility for one man to take. But he took it knowing that   he would be obliged to fight   the greatest   war in human history, which he did and which he won. So he not only put the Union back together   again but he   made an entirely   different country, and all of it in his own image..

Gore Vidal. Lincoln

..   I write about the   nature of fire by the   burned hand

Ingeborg Bachman

Note from the author:   I am taking a liberty of using the word Negro through this article when describing the events of the US Civil War.   That's how   people were called   at that time.   I have no intention to insult   or denigrate   African- Americans   in any way. Here's my logic- Negroes were property; African- Americans never   were   and never will be forever.

  It   is my opinion   that   if we want to show the   real story of   the people's   progress we need to fight the demon of   exceptionalism by showing persistently that although people can be very different in particular, they   are stunningly similar in big, general, mass events; the same   powerful forces guide them, the same   waves of love and hatred possess them, the same great callings are in the hearts of the strong and the same satanic   whispers are in the hearts of the malicious.   Exceptionalism is a   true "enemy of the people' and unless we here in the US step down from the mystical   City   On   The Hill and   acknowledge that we are by far   not better than anyone   else we can face a wrath   of   Humanity so profound and so    destructive that    it is scary   to even to imagine. We really tempt the fate here and that's why I would like to   show how   history    can help   us to   understand ourselves and make the right decision.

1. The Peril   Of   The   Southern Confederacy

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If Southern Confederacy    had freed its own slaves unconditionally    in 1861   it would have been   an independent   state   now. There would not have been any Civil War in the US. Who knows, maybe Lincoln would have been   alive and   writing   memoirs   together with Jefferson   Davis in 1870s. Something like 'Abe and   Jeff: North and   South'.

But Confederacy did not free    its slaves; it made that bondage a cornerstone of their new Constitution. And that was the end of them, right at the start.   Lincoln   had all the right to say no. From that moment all the progressive   Humanity was on his side- he sure as Hell   was destined to win. American exceptionalism played a really dirty trick on    the Southerners- their hubris   brought them to peril.

Northern bankers, industrialists and financiers did not like   black people.   They   though   loved the   money turnaround. They were young, predatorish and active and they needed   action and recognition throughout the world, especially in   Europe. But Europe was developing and changing.    In the European salons, in the parlors of     Lloyd's   and English   East- Indian company, in the     cozy    brothels of   Paris   new Americans heard again and again, "When will you folks get   rid of that atrocity, slavery?   It   is an obstacle in the way   of the Free Trade." And yes, it was.   In 1848 a wave of   revolutions   had forced the   ruling   class to reforms. As French had already abandoned slavery in   colonies   since   the Great Revolution, England soon followed suit. Russia    had just learned   a tough lesson in the Crimean War and was preparing to   abandon the serfdom; the last bastion of   feudalism was   falling. That all resulted in the shift   in the world's markets and   different assessment of property values.   US   slave-owners began   to feel the heat right away.

Negroes were property.   Land and negroes   were the two main property sources   for the Southern "gentry',   the first one being exploited and   the second- one- worked to death. But none of those two   were profitable any more. Land- ownership   can be profitable in two cases: if you rent it to someone else or if    the   people who work on it -- love it. Oil deposits   were   not discovered yet and cotton was   the main product of the South.   Sugar cane, tobacco and peanuts were not that far behind    though.   So there was not much rented property and the people who worked   on those   fields were   slaves. They did   not love that land at all. Had no reason to.

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