Sunday, July 3, 2011
"EMANCIPATION DURING THE US CIVIL WAR"
Since tomorrow represents "Independence Day," a traditionally celebrated "historical" holiday, I thought I would take a slight educational diversion away from present day atrocities by highlighting a mildly interesting talk from the author of a new, or, another book related to the above subject matter.
Of course, history illuminates everything and all time.
A few points to make before listening to a video below.
First, a piece of historical trivia.
Perhaps, hopefully, many readers know my namesake, Karl Marx, was a journalist for a German publication covering the US Civil War.
But, for those who may not know, a new fact.
All writings, including above, are readily available amongst his voluminous collected works.
I am quite sure his book, below, has new information, insights, research.
I commend anyone researching original documents, source materials, etc.
I have no doubt he makes a contribution.
However, NOT a direct topic of the authors discussion, nonetheless, it MUST be noted and pointed out to all listening, CONTEXTUALLY, FIRST AND FOREMOST, LINCOLN WAS, PRIOR TO AND THROUGHOUT THE US CIVIL WAR, A REPRESENTATIVE, SPOKESMAN, FOR BURGEONING US RAILROAD INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT WESTWARD.
This involved LAND ownership and whether or not an already existing economic system of slavery (think serfdom) EXTENDED beyond its initially agreed upon Constitutional and political compromise, balance, boundaries and Southern confines to newly acquired territories WEST of the Mississippi River.
THIS is the nub, essence, of a Civil War that ensued.
ELIMINATION OF SLAVERY WAS NOT, NEVER, THE INITIAL, PRIMARY OR MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF THE US CIVIL WAR!!
It is all mythology.
Emancipation was a byproduct, consequence, outcome.
I will elaborate with a few other links on the CONTRADICTORY, CONTROVERSIAL, confrontation between Southern SLAVE holding OLIGARCHICAL agricultural concentration versus private capital investment into railroads, real estate development and speculation which then became associated with ROBBER BARRON US names like DURANT, JAY GOULD, FISK, then, ROCKEFELLER, MORGAN, DUPONT, ETC., as well as infamous foreign capital investors abroad.
A global US "emerging market" of its day.
ALSO affected in MAJOR ways by these new developments were indigenous, native tribes living in the Western region of what became an expanded US.
THIS is the time when their way of life essentially became obliterated, unsustainable and untenable.
However, the WAY AND MANNER in which this fundamental economic contradiction, confrontation, played itself out was NOT a foregone conclusion and the author, Gary Gallagher, indicates at the very end of his talk in a brief question and answer period, Southern slave holding OLIGARCHS TOOK A GAMBLE bringing the issue to a premature head, crisis, by US secession, a gamble ultimately they lost.
They could have remained Southern slave holding states WITHIN an EXPANDED US.
Had they NOT seceded what would have happened, instead??
That is THE question to me more than above/below.
Had they NOT insisted on spreading their slave holding agricultural system WEST and stayed within confines of a US federation, southern slavery would have lingered much longer, but, it seems inevitable it would be eclipsed at some point in the not too distant future.
MY GUESS would be until around 1900 or so.
I hypothesize there would have been NO military confrontation, war, but, a gradual evolution, economic demise and transition.
WHAT IF, hypothetical, plausible possibilities, scenarios, seem as important, instructive, to me as what actually happened.
So, video link first:
Then, a FEW informational snippets, links, garnered from a rushed internet search of some names mentioned above as an outline of a very LARGE, VAST, HUGE subject matter:
You are on your own for further reading and research.