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  •  Somehow I don't think the Continental Army (4+ / 0-)
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    was made up of

    "comfortable and even wealthy professionals, merchants, and plantation owners".
    Since it was the Continental Army and the Militias, the grunts, who actually fought the war and made the victory of the revolution possible, shouldn't we be paying attention to their motivations? More, shouldn't we be inquiring into the aspirations of the mass base of civilians who supported revolution?

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 05:03:29 PM PDT

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    •  Nor was the confederate army plantation owners. (0+ / 0-)

      There was much more than slavery at issue in the war between the states.  An entire economy and culture were threatened by the abolitionist movement.  That economy supported the industrial north which set the prices that ironically made slavery the only viable means of providing crops at the going rates, the same predatory practices discussed below.  If the plantation owners had only come up with share cropping, the war might have been averted.  

      Of course, in the cases of both sides of the US revolution and the war between the states, raising a flag and appealing to patriotism went a long way in building armies.

    •  I think you missed his point (0+ / 0-)

      He was speaking of the Revolution, not the Civil War.  The signers of the Declaration of Independence were largely successful men trying to avoid paying taxes to an authority they couldn't control by institutionalizing one they thought they could.

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