US CIVIL WAR BEGAN 150 YEARS AGO TODAY....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 12, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Interesting article from CNN. Being a Civil War buff, I knew we were getting close...

    I thought this was so obvious, the article gives the disagreement between democrats and republicans and their views of why the war began....


    Civil War still divides Americans
    By: CNN Political Unit


    Washington (CNN) - It has been 150 years since the Civil War began with the first shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and in some respects views of the Confederacy and the role that slavery played in the events of 1861 still divide the public, according to a new national poll.

    In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, roughly one in four Americans said they sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union, a figure that rises to nearly four in ten among white Southerners.

    When asked the reason behind the Civil War, whether it was fought over slavery or states' rights, 52 percent of all Americas said the leaders of the Confederacy seceded to keep slavery legal in their state, but a sizeable 42 percent minority said slavery was not the main reason why those states seceded.

    "The results of that question show that there are still racial, political and geographic divisions over the Civil War that still exists a century and a half later," CNN Polling Director Holland Keating said.

    When broken down by political party, most Democrats said southern states seceded over slavery, independents were split and most Republicans said slavery was not the main reason that Confederate states left the Union.

    Republicans were also most likely to say they admired the leaders of the southern states during the Civil War, with eight in 10 Republicans expressing admiration for the leaders in the South, virtually identical to the 79 percent of Republicans who admired the northern leaders during the Civil War.

    The survey polled 824 adults via telephone between April 9 and April 10. The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    –CNN Associate Producer Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report

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    Apr 12, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    Ha! You beat me to it, Chris. I will post the link since you just copied the text of it as I am sure there will be some who will want to go to the link itself (as proof).

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/12/civil-war-still-divides-americans/

    The poll results don't surprise me and are kind of stating the obvious. I suspect alot of folks don't realize the history of the political parties with respect to this. While we are still a young country, there is enough intelligence and pragmatism to become a post-racial country, but I have resigned to the fact I will not see that in my lifetime.
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    Apr 12, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN!



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    Apr 12, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    Just don't rise before I move in July.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 13, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    LOL@Erik...
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    Apr 13, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    rnch saidTHE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN!



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    I hear all that all the time from my southern friends.
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    Apr 13, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidJust don't rise before I move in July.
    Yer leaving? We NEED all the help we can get!
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    ErikTaurean saidJust don't rise before I move in July.
    Yer leaving? We NEED all the help we can get!


    Yep, and I already have written out what I will say as I leave the city limits, cross the county line, leave the state and finally cross the mason-dixon line. LOL
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    Time had an article on it this week about the death of the "Gone with the Wind" version of the Civil War...prematurely, it seems.
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    Apr 13, 2011 7:05 AM GMT
    I long to get to Washington, and pay homage to the Lincoln Marmoreal; what a guy.
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    Apr 13, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    rnch saidTHE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN!



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    Is there going to be another tornado?
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    Apr 13, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    I'll have to think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.