By Thomas Fleming
By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a “holy martyr” of their crusade opposed to Southern slave proprietors. This Northern hatred for Southerners lengthy predated their objections to slavery. They have been confident that New England, whose spokesmen had all started the yankee Revolution, must have been the chief of the recent country. as an alternative, they'd been displaced through Southern “slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson.
This malevolent envy exacerbated the South’s maximum worry: a race conflict. Jefferson’s cry, “We are actually to be pitied,” summed up their dread. for many years, extremists in either areas flung insults and threats, developing intractable enmities. by way of 1861, just a civil conflict that may kill one million males may perhaps shop the Union.
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A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War by Thomas Fleming