Re: Dixie & Slavery
David Weintraub (dhw@HPTELE24.TELERATE.COM)
Wed, 15 Jun 1994 16:46:21 -0500
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> Anyone who really looks into the war knows that slavery was only a
> frontal issue to cover the real problems of the era. Fortunately,
> slavery was dying out anyway.
I don't have an opinion of Dixie one way or the other. There's really nothing
in the song itself that could be offensive.
I also agree that the Northern States also had slaves. In fact, slavery
existed in New Jersey at the time of the Civil War. (Although no one
could be born into slavery, current slaves were never freed and there
were two non freed slaves in New Jersey). Also the Constitutions of
several Nothern States at that time prohibited Blacks from even living in
However, slavery _was not_ dying out. It was growing and spreading.
Some of the triggers of the Civil War was the Kansas/Nebraska Act that
allowed slavery in new territories. Many slave owners wanted slavery in
the West for mining. Although there were several factors that lead to
major cultural differences between the North and South. Slavery was one
of the prime issues. It was the cause that created the Republican party
and was the reason the South ceceded from the Union when a Republican
was elected president.
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