20 June 2011

We Must Set Aside Old Myths

"Setting myths aside, a review of the Civil War era strongly suggests that economics, not a moral crusade, brought on the war and shaped its aftermath. More specifically, an examination of this period indicates that the evolution of the Northern and Southern economies was the most important factor producing the conflict . . . Now more than ever we must set aside old myths. Economics more than high moral concerns produced the Civil War." ~ Professor Marc Egnal

2 comments:

Thomas said...

All wars take on the color of a moral crusade and all have their roots in economics. That is not to say the two cannot be entwined. Hitler and Stalin are easy examples.

One needs only to be reminded of the hypocrisy of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her defense of the Duchess of Sutherland. Both wealthy and both anti-slavery, neither could each see the poverty outside their own front doors of which both could neither care for and of which they were both a party to. It was much more trendy to condemn something far removed from their own eyes like slavery than the Highland Clearances and the exploited use of child labor in Yankee textile mills fueled by Southern cotton.

http://www.electricscotland.com/history/clearances/9.htm

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Thomas.

"It was much more trendy to condemn something far removed from their own
eyes . . ."

It still is.