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Timing is Everything Why the South lost the civil war is an issue that will be debated from now until Americans lose the right of free speech This writer agrees with the theory James M McPherson supports From the onset of the war it was simply a matter of time before the South would be forced to concede The length of time that the Confederate states managed to hold out was quite remarkable considering the adverse odds they were up against The Confederacy fought for its constitutional right to own property specifically slaves Slavery had been a part of southern life and culture since the first Dutch ship carrying slaves from West Africa landed on the southeastern coast of the then British colonies It is not likely that a war would cause Southerners to feel guilty about something that has been their existence for over two hundred years After the war and the slaves had been freed but they were not equal Southern states passed laws called black codes that took away the civil rights of blacks Southerners felt so guilty about slavery that they decided to make free life for blacks as miserable as possible In addition state governments passed legislation to make the current situation of blacks as similar to slavery as though could The peculiar institution of slavery had supported the infrastructure of the southern economy since plantation owners realized indentured servants did not work like it was supposed to Without the free labor of slaves what would happen to the crops that needed to be gathered Would the plantation owners pick the cotton That is not very likely Therefore if the civil war was truly a rich mans war and a poor mans fight the plantation owners who are not on the battlefields would not feel guilty about this institution that has given them so much The southern states were the only western countries Europe and North America to
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