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    To read David Potter's historical works, notably The Impending Crisis and Lincoln and His Party In The Secession Crisis.

    Both parties really did have a cogent position on the slavery issue, the same cogent position that moderners find so hard to understand, namely that NOTHING was more important than preserving the Union and secondary issues like slavery had to be put to the side.  That lasted until the Republicans and their antecedents came along -- at least one Buchanan biographer argues that Buchanan single-handedly saved the Republicans from fragmentation through brilliantly bad decisions -- and we got a regional resorting of Democrats and Republicans.  Once the parties became regional -- modern readers may find this familiar -- the slavery issue became primary for both parties.

    Potter's case is that the two aprties blundered into civil war, the southerners because they believe ina  boogieman Lincoln whose policies were not Lincoln's, and the Republicans, who were absolutely totally positive that the southerners were bluffing and southern unionism would carry the day, as had already happened when VA and NC massively rejected secession.

    Alas, SC hotheads and lack of adequate provisions in Fort Sumter resulted in war.

    IMHO, the modern issue matching slavery is enslaving women through restricted abortion access.  The issue is driving regional partitioning of the parties.

    Restore the Fourth! Save America!

    by phillies on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 08:25:49 PM PDT

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      Good comment about Lincoln--I definitely intend to check out the Potter book.  Have some disagreement with your last paragraph:

      IMHO, the modern issue matching slavery is enslaving women through restricted abortion access.  The issue is driving regional partitioning of the parties.
      Yes, the war against women is making for a lot of sound and fury.  But, I feel it is really a diversionary issue, designed to keep us away from the really important one, which is the economic dominance of the 1 percent and the economic screwing of the middle and lower classes.  Slavery was, at heart, an economic issue too--the Southern economy was built around slave labor.  Politics, in essence, is about who gets what, with a bunch of subsidiary issues circling around that main one and used tactically at any given moment.

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