Finally the simmering hatred of generations burst forth onto the battlefield. Economic growth in the Northern States requiring more cheap labour, sending out a siren call to slaves, offering freedom, the Holy Grail. While the Southern States were desperate to maintain their hold on a captive labour force.
Poor Confederate soldiers marched out to defend the position of rich white plantation owners, their own status just above that of the slaves. Desperately poor, scraping a bare living no education, but free and white. They fought with great enthusiasm and Elan, a fighting spirit which put to shame many regiments in the Union army. However, a shortage of manpower meant even the Confederacy considered enlisting the slaves into their army.
Shear numbers and industrial production made the outcome almost a formality, with many years of suffering before the end, leaving economic squalor in the South which followed for generations. The whites and blacks of the South lost all their economic base and poor people became even more desperate, bringing forth a deep-seated hatred which stays in place to this date.
Surely now is the time for the USA to become one country. Why is there so much distrust and dislike right across the country? with a hatred of another persons beliefs or convictions. Politicians of all parties need to put their country first, but can they? or will their personal views stand in the way of Americas need? I am not saying throw all your beliefs in the rubbish bin just moderate some of them, you might end up being better people.