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Is America merely going through a troubled time or, as some right-wing commentators have been claiming for years, is the country on the verge of a second civil war?
That is not to say, however, that there are not concerning parallels between the American political landscape today and that of the early s. This growing divide has been further heightened by partisan news and new media outlets devoted to towing their respective ideological lines.
Not surprisingly, many Americans are losing faith in and even growing openly hostile towards a federal government and political system that they feel is no longer working in their best interests.
But as concerning as these problems are, there are also major differences between the America of today and that of the early s that preclude political divides, no matter how wide, from devolving into an internal armed conflict.
For one, the territorial battle lines between progressives and conservatives are not neatly drawn along state and regional lines like they were during the Civil War. It was only because the Confederacy encompassed such as large, rich, and above all, ideologically homogenous swathe of the country, that it was able to form its own government and raise armies to fight the North.
Today, political, ethnic and religious demographics can vary tremendously from county to county, not just region to region. The last federal election results showed that the primary geographical political divide nowadays is between urban and rural communities, with the latter generally voting Republican and the former Democratic.
Even then, neither side can claim such an overwhelming majority of support in an area large or distinct enough to form a powerbase for a potential rebellion against the government. Another question to ask is that if a second civil war were to arise, what would be the central issue motivating Americans to fight and die in huge numbers?
Slavery, the reason behind the Civil War, was an issue unlike any today in terms of the sweeping influence it had over the Southern way of life. It was ingrained in the Southern culture, justified by many Christian churches in the South, and it was most importantly the foundation of the Southern economy.
Most white Southerners aspired to slave ownership and all lived in fear of slave rebellion. Given how essential slavery was to the Southern way of life and identity, it is no surprise that it was considered an institution worth defending to the death.
Arguably no issue in American politics today, no matter how profound, is potentially as inciting. Finally worth considering is that the identity of the United States is no longer as inextricably linked with the concept of the Union as it was during the early s.
Nowadays, the notion that the nation would be dissolved if one state or region were to leave seems absurd to say the least.
In a recent Fox News poll, 19 percent of respondents said that they would willingly vote certain states out of the Union if they could do so. Many political commentators, like those at the Washington Post, even ran editorials outlining the benefits to the rest of the country if certain states were to leave.
Civil War might arise in the year This past January, much of what the scenario predicted ended up playing out at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The incident arguably proved that for the vast majority of Americans, the idea of armed revolt is an absurd thing of the past.I.
To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time to think about it, would have seemed a sudden and surprising alteration in their habits of thought.
In times of peace, we usually ignore the State in favour of partisan political controversies, or personal struggles for office, or the. This essay delves deeply into the origins of the Vietnam War, critiques U.S. justifications for intervention, examines the brutal conduct of the war, and discusses the .
The Civil War was an inevitable conflict that was bound to explode due to the differences between the North and South societies, slavery, and politics.
After Independence, the complexity of the American society grew. Lately a lot of people—31% in a recent poll—have been thinking the previously unthinkable — a civil war.
Specifically, they agreed that “it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years.”.
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Development of American music. The Civil War was an important period in the development of American music. During the Civil War, when soldiers from across the country commingled, the multifarious strands of American music began to cross-fertilize each other, a process that was aided by the burgeoning railroad industry and other technological developments that made travel and .