Shades of Civil War?

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.

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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