- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
Yes and no. It is true that the Southern soldier really did believe they were fighting for their homes, but they also knew that they were fighting to preserve slavery. In fact, Confederate leaders deliberately spread this message. For example, Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown spread this sentiment by saying:The Southern cause was vile; yet possibly at that time only the educated and wealthy were fully aware of the true causes, as specified in the statements upon secession. Many men appear to have fought - bravely- simply to defend what they saw as their hearths and homes.
"Slavery is the poor man's best government. Among us the poor white laborer is respected as an equal. (...) The Negro is in no sense his equal... He belongs to the only true aristocracy, the race of the white men."
and stuff like
"It is sickening to contemplete the miseries of our poor people under these circumstances. They now get higher wages for their labor than the poor of any other country on the globe. Most of them are now landowners and they are now respected...Abolish slavery...and you very soon make them all tenants and reduce their wages to the smallest pittances that will sustain life."
Thing is, many non-slaveholding Southerners fully supported slavery because of white supremacy and because they felt that, as long as the blacks are slaves, they would be independent.