Watching Chris Matthews going after Pat Buchanan on hardball about the Civil war and the issue in Virginia. Buchanan being a member of a Confederate ancestors group.
Brought back the differences between how the North see that war and how the South see it.
The same actions and occurrences but totally different reasoning behind it.
Matthews kept bring it back to the issue of slavery and stating that was what it was all about.
And that was the issue that brought Virginia into the war, Buchanan brought up a different reason.
Virginia did not separate from the Union because it was a slave state it was only after President Lincoln ordered Virginia to send its troops to attack into another state that was a part of the new Confederacy.
The Governor refused saying they would not kill their brothers!
Having talked to several and having lived in a State where the Stars and bars are still flew proudly.
I know how they saw it and their reasons for it, for them it amounted to the same as if Washington D.C. was ordering West Virginia to stop Coal mining.
When a entire regional economy is based on one aspect the questions of it right or wrong has a greater impact then just the moral question.
When it came to the question of slavery to the South it is the same as if the Slave South was demanding that the Industrial North stop using its industry. Either way it would have meant that region would be thrown into hunger and ruin.
I do not defend slavery of any people, but this war was so devastating that it still has not truly been settled.
And may not be until both sides can address the total cases of it.
I have never met a Southern that wants slavery back for them that is not the issue of redress or distress .