Today marks the start of the Civil War with the siege of Fort Sumter that lasted a mere 30 hours reducing its obsolete fortifications to ruin. Incredibly no one on either side was killed in the battle but in the next four years fully 3% of Americans would die. In the south 30% of service age men were killed, twice the rate of WWI in Europe and that was referred to as the “lost generation.”
Today’s historians are campaigning to make the Civil War all about slavery while the majority of the population continues to believe it was about “state’s rights”, what ever they think that means. Make no mistake the war was started by the 800 or so wealthy slaveholders in the south and they bloviated greatly about the northern abolitionists but the war was simply about money. Jefferson Davis fantasized about a Confederate Empire stretching into Brazil and yes it would have involved slavery then and forever.
This notion of new greatness to come had wide appeal in the South after the bank panic of 1855 had brought the cotton trade based economy to its knees and the banks were mostly in the North. The object of the attack on Fort Sumter was to capture the Federal Customs House as was subsequently done in all the port cities. Historians discount the importance of this based on the show down over this issue a generation earlier when the south backed down but it was the first thing the South did and you have to follow the money.
The 400 families that control more wealth today than the bottom 160 million Americans see themselves in the same light. Like the Southern gentleman planters they are destined to rule by birthright. Endless war for a global empire is even more ambitious than the dreams of Jefferson Davis but so far they have been much more successful. We still have the Union but the Freedoms won with some much blood are circling the drain of history and likely to disappear forever. www.prairie2.com