America before the Civil War, or the War Between the States by the descendants of the Confederate party, was a country of two opinions.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States of America. Except, when he was elected the states could only loosely be called united. After the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the majority of the United States held to the tradition of their mother country: England; both allowing and promoting slavery at large, particularly among the wealthy and prominent.
Over the course of nearly a century the once united states of America had become two political states; both holding to uncompromising convictions about the freedom and rights of men. By the time “Honest Abe” enters history these differences of morals became a division of the union.
Abe Lincoln’s presidency sparked the beginnings of a four-year war, which began in 1861 and ended with the capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in 1865. The pre-Civil War United States, were anything but united. A difference of opinion on a single issue had dramatic effects upon this country and instigated a war that cost the lives of over 625,000 soldiers.
Before the Civil War, slavery was as far reaching as the home of Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson; the writer of these words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
–Thomas Jefferson (excerpt from the Declaration of Independence)
Even Jefferson, who penned what are possibly the most powerful words against slavery, had himself over 600 slaves. Regardless of his treatment of them, this goes to show how far slavery reached before the Civil War.
It only began then, and grew exponentially during the Antebellum Period. Antebellum was a time between the War of 1812 and the Civil War; it was a time of specific growth in the cotton franchise of the southern states and the industrial manufacturing and modernization of the northern states nearly half again as populated as the south. During the later years of the Antebellum Period, somewhere around 1840, the rise of the abolitionists began. Almost as long as there has been slavery, there have been abolitionists. But only when they began to put actions behind their ideals did the movement become a wedge between two peoples.
The Confederates would not give up their slaves because their economy was centered around slavery. The Union would not give in to slavery because of their morality, the integrity of the nation, and their conviction that all life has worth and rights. Like James Madison wrote, “…among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”. Liberty, that’s what the abolitionists wanted. Liberty for all men.
The current state of American politics is a mock-up of our pre-disaster country. There exist two different opinions which have split our country into two political states: republican and democrat. Contrary to their titles, neither one is a party. We are a country divided. Moral conviction now holds no place in politics, and politics no longer hold a place in polite conversation.
“We forgot we were Americans. Suddenly we were democrats and republicans.”
Democrats seem fixed upon bringing a moral collapse of our nation’s religious economy to rival the financial downfall of the Great Depression. Republicans seem to care about the capitalistic welfare of this 1st world country, but focus more upon tearing down the democratic party than working along with it to better the situation of our country.
We are in a pre-Civil War country, on the brink of a devastating divide that could ruin or heal us. Unlike those ascribing to the apocalyptic demise and then, like Phoenix, resurrection of this country to renewed glory and vigor, I believe any division would be the end of this great nation.
Democracy has become socialist liberalism. Republic has become self-righteous, conservative capitalism. Neither side will admit that the other holds any manner of value. Both are susceptible to corruption and have been thus corrupted. We have forgotten that we are Americans. Suddenly we have become democrats and republicans: shells of idealistic cultures and banner holders for the coming communism of the Antichrist and his revolution. We have paved the road for a destruction to fall upon us like there has never been seen in this country. A Civil war between Hell and earth.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. When there is no longer a right choice, a good choice, or even a shadow of a godly choice, we must turn away from our reliance upon man and government for salvation. Jesus is the only incorruptible, unchanging one. It is to Him we should run and cling; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail. We are on the brink of an uncivil war. It’s time we started acting like we cared about the fate of this nation and its people and stopped this inner warfare, this segregation of opinions to once again unite as American citizens, blessed to tread the soil of the greatest nation on earth!
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist