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: The war was as much about State Rights as about slavery. : For men like Robert E. Lee the case was not so much the political question of whether to support or oppose slavery or whether to support or oppose secession but a case of duty to their country or duty to their state. It was the states that created the Union. Additionally, to be fair, one must place their thoughts as if they were raised and lived in the USA of 1860. Not easy to do.

For Robert E. Lee his list of duties ran in this order. Duty to Family, duty to Virginia, duty the Union.

When Virginia left the Union for Lee, who thought himself first and foremost a Virginian, there was no question about whether or not he would fight for or against Virgina. He would always choose Virginia first. The question was would Virginia remain neutral or join the Confederacy? Either way Lee would always follow Virginia.

Joseph E. Johnston was the same. Joe didn't support slavery, never owned a slave (though his father and brothers did), was friends with a slave in his youth but he to thought of himself as a Virginian first and an American second.

I bring him up for the reason that a conversation between his wife Lydia and General in Chief of the United States Winfield Scott shows the mind of many Southern officers in the United States Army.

"Get him to stay with us" Scott said to her. "We will never disturb him in any way."

"My husband cannot stay in an army which is about to invade his native country" she replied

"Then let him leave our army," Scott said. "but do not let him join theirs."

"This is all very fine." she said. "but how is Joe Johnston to live? He has no private fortune. And no profession, or no profession but that of arms."

To this Scott had not answer.

One of Winfield's four options presented to President Lincoln was to "let our sisters go". He expressed great fear for the people of the South in event of a war.

: I agree. Robert E. Lee did not fight for the south because of slavery, but because he was too loyal to his family, friends, and home state to fight against them.

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Did Robert E. Lee dislike the north or the south?

Robert E. Lee disapproved of slavery and secession, the only reason he joined the South is because his home ,Virginia seceded along with the other Southern states. He disliked the South for seceding and slavery, but he could not betray his people. He didn't disliked the North, but he did not like how the U.S. government was handling the situation


How did the Wilmot Proviso add to the debate over slavery in congress?

It did that. The issue could not be ducked by a Congressman. All had to vote in favor of, or opposed to slavery.


Civil war south?

Against North.... Interesting fact about Robert E. Lee was completely against slavery and would have fought for the North, however he could not raise a sword against his homeland W.Virginia.


Was slavery necessary to the South?

Slavery had been an integral part of the Southern plantation system since before the American Revolutionary War. The South became dependent upon the slave system, however, hindsight tells us that if slavery had never existed in North America, free workers would have worked in the cotton and tobacco fields. The South could not see that the plantations could be worked without slavery.


Was slavery in south America in 1930 bad?

Well, by 1930 slavery had ended in almost every country. The UK France,Spain, the US and so on. Most of these countries were in control of the slavery that was happening in south America. So, if they had ended there slavery, south America's could not have been that bad. However, that is not to say that there still wasn't slavery. There is still slavery till this day in certain countries. Was it as bad in the 1930s in south America no, did it still exists, probably.

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What is the conflict of North vs South Slavery?

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Why did the south fight for slavery?

The south was afraid that without slavery their economy would die. They were also afraid that the African Americans could out weigh them.


Did the surrender of the Confederacy show the world the south dissaprove of slavery?

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Who believed that if slavery stayed in the south it could be tolerated?

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Why did the South feel like they could secede?

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Civil war south?

Against North.... Interesting fact about Robert E. Lee was completely against slavery and would have fought for the North, however he could not raise a sword against his homeland W.Virginia.


How did the differences over slavery threaten the existence of the united states?

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