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"The CIVIL WAR: An Illustrated History
By Geoffrey C Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns
Chapter One: "1861 A House Divided
Page 6 Under Heading the "The Momentous Question

Stephen Mallory US Senator from Florida in 1860:
(Stating his Opinion that War and Secession as being highly unlikely)
"it was no more possible for this country to pause in its career than for the free and untrammeled Eagle to Cease to Soar."

Next Sentence after quote: "Yet within a year Mallory himself would be the Secretary of the Navy in a new government at war with that country."

Next Paragraph by the authors: "What had happened? There WERE MANY ANSWERS, so many times it seemed as if no two people went to war for precisely for the same reason: Economics played a part in it: So did questions of POLITICS and CULTURE and SECTIONAL POWER." "we are separated because of INCOMPATABILITY of Temper" one southern woman explained. "We are divorced....because we hated each other so.....

Page 7 under "THE MOMENTOUS QUESTION" quoting the Authors:

"Yet Again and again, in discussions of apparently unrelated concerns- interstate commerce, the protection of private property, CONGRESSIONAL APPORTIONMENT - The paradox of slavery crept into the debates. In the argument over CONGRESSIONAL APPORTIONMENT, the Practicalities of politics even reversed the subsequent roles of North and South: delegates from northern states without slaves to be tallied argued that slaves were MERE PROPERTY, unworthy of being counted, while the southern states insisted-- in this instance at least-- that slaves were HUMAN BEINGs, and therefore deserved to be included. The resulting Compromise --- that eaach slave would be counted as three-Fifths of a man- was the first of a LONG, INCREASINGLY THREADBARE SERIES OF COMPROMISES designed to HEAD OFF OPEN CONFRONTATION BETWEEN THE SECTIONS."

"Everyday (the NORTH) grows more wealthy and densely populated," wrote a French visitor, "while the South is stationary or growing poor.... the first result of this DISPROPORTINATE growth was the VIOLENT change in the Equilibrium of POWER & POLITICAL INFLUENCE. Powerful States Become weak, Territories without names become States.... wealth, like population is displaced. These changes CANNOT TAKE PLACE WITHOUT INJURING INTERESTS, WITHOUT EXCITING PASSIONS."

William Lloyd Garrison Quotes (Page 14)

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"I am aware that many object to the severity of my language: but is there not cause for severity? I WILL be as HARSH as truth, and as UNCOMPROMISING as justice. On this Subject, I do not wish to think, speak, or write, WITH MODERATION--- I will not Excuse--- I will Not RETREAT A SINGLE INCH---- And I WILL BE HEARD.
(William Lloyd Garrison was a Political Activist, Abolitionist, Newspaper Writer and Publisher. He published the Anti-Slavery Newspaper "LIBERATOR".

#2.
"The Southern planter's career is one of unbridled lust, of filthy Amalgamation, of swaggering braggadocio, of haughty domination, of cowardly ruffianism, of boundless dissipation, of matchless insolence, of infinite self-conceit, of unequalled oppression, of more than Savage cruelty."

(I hate to interrupt by putting personal commentary/opinion, but his attitude, and if he wrote such slanderous allegations against me, solely based on my occupation, with no evidence, other than what he imagines Planters and their treatment of slaves, I would become very Passionate and driven too. Anger would not even touch a description of it. I can only imagine what the Southern Planter must have felt.)

(And while, the object of William Lloyd Garrison's words were because of slavery, the justifiable anger and resentment of Garrison's horrible attitude, became reflected in the Southerners. They became just as, if not more zealous, in their cause, than the abolitionist Garrison). Simply put, his attitude goes way beyond a difference of typical thoughts and ideas about a subject. They are incendiary.

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