US Civil War in 4 Minutes



  • I thought this was an interesting video.  It shows the battle lines between the North & South progressed over the Civil War, and a counter of casualties.  It also marks major battles and events.  It’s worth checking out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e06jNDhYo2I


  • 2007 AAR League

    That’s pretty cool



  • all I see is Total Yankee Demonation!!!  :evil:  :mrgreen:



  • Sherman’s March FTW!! kekeke



  • I never realized how enveloped the South was.  I’m surprised they didn’t surrender earlier.  Of course, it’s not like trenches & front lines from the World Wars…



  • @Jermofoot:

    I never realized how enveloped the South was.  I’m surprised they didn’t surrender earlier.  Of course, it’s not like trenches & front lines from the World Wars…

    i’m just glad we were left alone by france and ngland while we slaped some sense nto the south.



  • Yes, it is usch a shame that true Federalism died in 1865 when, using the dying concept of Slavery as a justification, the Imperialists took over this nation.

    And yes, I say that as a Yankee and a former member of Pennsylvania’s famed 110th.



  • Hell, I grew up thinking Damn Yankee was one word. Only good Yankee is a dead Yankee. You Yanks shredded the Constitution.



  • I recall a show, and I’m pretty sure it was animated (Simpsons, I think), where a woman (Lisa?) is being interviewed for a job/position, and asking about the cause of the USCW.
    She starts going into federalism/antifederalism, the political climate of the time, and it’s beginning to be a long answer.
    The interviewer tells her “just say “slavery.””
    And she looks downcast and mumbles “slavery…”

    Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure the episode is where she writes and essay and goes to Capital City.

    From what I’ve read, slavery was an issue, not the only one, but a core one.  Also, the Emancipation Proclamation was more a means to shut down the South’s fighting capability than a humanitarian effort.  It also had no affect on border states and Union states.



  • @ncscswitch:

    Yes, it is usch a shame that true Federalism died in 1865 when, using the dying concept of Slavery as a justification, the Imperialists took over this nation.

    And yes, I say that as a Yankee and a former member of Pennsylvania’s famed 110th.

    you can;t be a democracy with slaves.



  • @cyan:

    @ncscswitch:

    Yes, it is usch a shame that true Federalism died in 1865 when, using the dying concept of Slavery as a justification, the Imperialists took over this nation.

    And yes, I say that as a Yankee and a former member of Pennsylvania’s famed 110th.

    you can;t be a democracy with slaves.

    Greece would disagree…



  • Slavery was certainly a bone of contention between the North and South, but not one that could drive men to war. A million men do not take up arms and fight for 5 years over something they do not own. Same goes for the North.


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    @cyan:

    @ncscswitch:

    Yes, it is usch a shame that true Federalism died in 1865 when, using the dying concept of Slavery as a justification, the Imperialists took over this nation.

    And yes, I say that as a Yankee and a former member of Pennsylvania’s famed 110th.

    you can;t be a democracy with slaves.

    Why not?


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    Websers definition of Democracy:

    1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

    What if the majoraty votes to make the minoraty slaves?  Does that mean we’re not a democracy any more?  What if you let the slaves vote?  If thier the minoraty and the majoraty wants them to be slaves then then tough titty, majoraty rules in a democracy.  Right?



  • Um…

    Just FYI:  The United States is NOT a Democracy.

    We are a Federated Republic (at least that is what we are SUPPOSED to be)  ARguably that could also be said to be a Democratic Federated Republic.  Either way that is dramatically different from a Democracy.



  • Ive always been satisfied with being a Democratic Republic.



  • @ncscswitch:

    Um…

    Just FYI:  The United States is NOT a Democracy.

    We are a Federated Republic (at least that is what we are SUPPOSED to be)  ARguably that could also be said to be a Democratic Federated Republic.  Either way that is dramatically different from a Democracy.

    The US is an oligarchy. They just brainwash the children in school to think it’s a democracy.



  • Oh, and for the record, the number one reason for the Confederate states leaving was their feelings of inadequacy. Lincoln’s election showed them that they were powerless against the Northern states. He didn’t carry a single electoral vote in the South. He didn’t appear on most Southern state’s ballots. He still won the election. When the South saw that, they were convinced they would never be able to get anything they wanted from the Northern dominated federal government. Slavery became an issue mostly to keep the more liberal Europeans out of the war and to appease the abolishonists. Now as far as the direct cause of the Civil War, I’d have to go with attacking Ft Sumter. However, I think war would have come one way or another.


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    @M36:

    Slavery was certainly a bone of contention between the North and South, but not one that could drive men to war. A million men do not take up arms and fight for 5 years over something they do not own. Same goes for the North.

    Slavery was the symptom.

    The issue was state rights versus federal rights.

    Before the CW, states actually maintained armies and navies.  States were sovereign entities that negotiated with each other through the Federal government.  After the CW, states became subordinate to the dictates of the federal government and the military was federalized.

    Today, federal law directly impacts areas of life that would have been unthinkable prior to the CW and states have lost a great deal of their authority in dealing with the problems and concerns of their local populations.

    For example, federal laws are directly effecting the day to day curriculum taught to our children.  That is so far beyond the initial scope of the Federal Constitution it is mind boggling.



  • dictates or dictatorship?  😉

    The Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. The Civil War took care of a lot of that. FDR took it a lot further. Bush is taking it to even further extremes. Other presidents are guilty, but those three and Lincoln were/are the worst violators of the Constitution. The Constitution is a great idea. I would love to see this country follow it. Unfortunately it is now only a myth they teach in schools.



  • @Ddraiglais:

    dictates or dictatorship?  😉

    The Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. The Civil War took care of a lot of that. FDR took it a lot further. Bush is taking it to even further extremes. Other presidents are guilty, but those three and Lincoln were/are the worst violators of the Constitution. The Constitution is a great idea. I would love to see this country follow it. Unfortunately it is now only a myth they teach in schools.

    you know what i’d rather have a big federal government than a slave master but thats just me.



  • Slavery wasn’t even an issue until later in the war, and it had nothing to do with freeing the slaves for any moral purpose. There were two main reasons for the Emancipation Proclamation. 1-To disrupt the South’s economy because of the thousands of slaves that would escape to the Union’s lines. 2-To keep Europe out of the war. Europeans were addicted to American cotton. Britain and France supported the South. However, once the reasons for the war included slavery; the more enlightened Europeans no longer supported the South.

    Also worth noting is that the EP did nothing to free slaves in loyal border states.

    Another thing worthy of note is the majority of Northerners didn’t want the blacks. When they decided to free the slaves in D.C., Lincoln looked for places to resettle them. They looked for places in Latin America to send the slaves once they were freed. The newly freed slaves in D.C. rioted when they heard the news. The representatives trying to sell Lincoln land were scam artists. The idea was eventually scrapped.

    Slavery was also going to die anyway. In the Northern parts of the South it had already become unprofitable to keep slaves. Tobacco was dying. Many slave owners in the Upper South were freeing their slaves leading up to the Civil War. I really don’t think the institution of slavery would have lasted much longer if the Confederacy had won the war or if the US just let them leave peacefully.


  • 2007 AAR League

    GO UNION. You showed them whose boss.



  • Sadly, the video was removed.  Is there a reposting somewhere?



  • funny how slaverly was explicity cited and protected in the confed constitution if it had little to do with the reason they split.


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