vincentpa wrote:Most northern (autocorrect is changing northern to northem for some strange reason) states had abolished slavery but that doesn't mean that northerners held blacks in high regard. They certainly would never have died for a black man in those days.
Not just in those days. Look at the minorities in northern cities today. They are mostly political cannon fodder. You think somebody would risk their life for them if they won't fight for better law enforcement, better education, against a self-destructive culture, etc. The community destroyers would never risk a well-educated, low crime, prosperous community. They would lose all their power and influence.
Given that the north was not fighting to free the negro slave, the south was not fighting to keep the negro slave.
It's like claiming war against Germany was to save the Jews. It was just a byproduct. Would the U.S. have gone to war if Germany was simply committing genocide in its own territory?
The north would have never gone to war with the south if the only issue were slavery. No way. No how. There is zero chance that would have got the support needed. Conversely, the south would have fought to preserve slavery because it was an integral part of the economy. It was not separable from all the issues. If it were, the north would have never sacrificed the lives they did just to free the negro slaves. Even today, they turn a blind eye to the horrible suffering in the black community for political expediency. I don't believe they would do that today.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.