Why the South Lost, and Why the Civil War Was About Slavery

Southerners must have, on some level, realized that their way of life was unsustainable. Continue reading

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Founding The Peculiar Institution– Race and Labour in Early America

Many groups came to the New World, for many different reasons. They found different climates in different areas, which created different social structures. The fertile soil and warm climate in the south created a need for large numbers of unskilled labourers, which led to the development of race-based slavery, a situation which has lasting effects on the United States even today. The cooler climate and rocky soil in the north created a society that depended more on industry, commerce, and wage labour. This division between societies would become more and more jarring in the aftermath of the American Revolution, and eventually lead to the Civil War. Continue reading

The English Move West, Why, and What They Did There

(Note: This was written before I had a good grasp of how to document my sources, and thus is not up to proper academic standards. It does, however, give a good grasp of the settlement patterns and demographic issues of the early colonial period in what would become the United States.)

The European motives for colonization in the New World had a great deal to do with Europe, and little to do with the New World. Settlers sought economic opportunity and religious freedom, which were in short supply in Europe. Their inevitable collision with the people already living in the New World would set the stage for the next five centuries of human history. Continue reading

The Ashes of Atlanta (the Civil War rage-fit devolves into symbolic poetry)

A little girl did sit and cry
Amid the ashes of Atlanta
“Why did they burn my home?” she said
“What have I done to them?
My daddy’s in a prison and
My mamma cries when no one’s near
The soldiers in blue scare me
I wish they were far away from here.” Continue reading