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Mar 13, 2011


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Jordan Green

Maybe the anti-secessionists of the Upper South were conservatives in the generic sense of wanting to preserve the status quo, but the Republicans of the Civil War and Reconstruction were clearly the liberals/progressives of their day, favoring in the Whig tradition significant public investment in infrastructure such as railroads to spur economic development, insisting on a robust role for the federal government and ratifying the very civil rights that are so cherished by most Democrats today.

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Perhaps there were more than two elements to the story. Perhaps there were secessionists, anti-secessionists and other groups not directly wed to one side or the other. Perhaps "the advantage of the conservatives" refers to talk of coercion driving one of those third groups into the arms of one side of the "either or" camp.

Secession was going to be bad for business, bad for families and just plain bad all the way around if looked at from a disinterested point of view.

So many parallels to today's American political scene.

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