The South was preoccupied with their profound losses during the Civil War. This preoccupation wasn’t unlike that of Nazi Germany, following Germany’s deep losses during WWI, before the Nazis were formed. Largely, such as the Nazis, the pre-Civil War South had severe financial issues. Seven immigrants from eight from other countries settled to the northern United States, and twice as many whites left the South for the North as those heading in another direction.
There were deep-seated controversies over incorporating the slave state of Missouri into the Union, the purchase of Texas as a slave state in 1845, and Manifest Destiny being used as an argument for gaining new lands where slavery would eventually become an issue, which largely occurred following the much less devastating Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. The extremely popular anti-slavery novel,”Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852 helped increase northern resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, which was created to recapture escapees.
In this time, many looked for a compromise, such as with some of those countries”free” and a few staying”servant,” or maybe allowing the growth of slavery for a few more years.
The best known of these efforts is the Crittenden Compromise. This was an unsuccessful proposal by Kentucky Senator John J. Crittenden, which attempted to solve the secession crisis of 1860-1861. It addressed the concerns that were leading to secession, including a preamble, six proposed Constitutional Amendments, and four suggested Congressional resolutions. President Lincoln stopped it cold, since he had been chosen primarily for opposing the expansion of slavery, and the South’s response to this rejection led almost immediately to the Civil War.
In short, every attempt to compromise failed. Slavery was neither simple to fix, nor was it a problem that would”go away.” The South stubbornly and firmly maintained the belief that slavery was a needed thing, and they wouldn’t stop till they had their ways about it. It might require firmer actions on their part, but largely, they oriented toward taking it out on”the Negro,” who was supposed to justify such treatment.
They also bombed black people’s homes, churches and businesses, endangering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this way dozens of times.
They especially wanted to oppress the blacks, since they were perceived as”troublemakers,” too poor to be perceived as”real men and women.” Dr. King’s and a number of other people’s popular term for black people during his days was”Negros,” and it had been qualified how Negro people felt about themselves and their lives.
Throughout the 1960s, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ordered Dr. King to be followed by listening apparatus, with all his places of inhabitants being”bugged,” and a number of his personal life statements were placed on tape. Howsoever, just before King’s assassination, many black guys or Negros wore signs which boldly said,”I’m a Man” during their protests. They were promoting the notion they were people, rather than animals, as they had been tagged during the slavery period.
In any case, many such black men fought and died passionately for the South during the Civil War for many different reasons, including many unique opinions about slavery and how the general structure of it must be handled. Additionally, many such slaves grew up in near conditions with their white masters, and were really loyal buddies. Their actual circumstances are tough to fathom, but they did not wish to see the depravity and degradation that would occur should the South lose. Sometimes, slavery wasn’t an whole evil, as some masters were conciliatory, so this caused much factionalism. But overall, it’s thought these black guys were attempting to help the white South and impress them with their raw courage and extreme perseverance against all odds.
Frequently, both southern servant and freedmen blacks and their northern counterparts fought with intense ferocity, leaping into the fray even when their jobs didn’t entail a soldier’s duty. To begin with, the snowy North was reluctant to use them, and it took a while to find the Union Army to accept black troops. They did not need them such as the South, where almost a third of the population was now black. For another, the white southern approaches which were extremely pro-slavery supposed blacks were supposed to be indolent, permissive and docile. When southern black cooks, bottle-washers and horse tenders leapt gladly into conflict with cries such as”Fo’ Massa!” And”Give it boys – give’em Hell!”
This caused the development right after the war of many groups of white folks who wanted to oppress, subjugate and control the expanding black southern population. The most famous of these groups was that the Ku Klux Klan, which of course hid their clinics under a number of other names also, since they were an illegal and secret society of white racial supremacists, which was shaped up immediately following the South lost in the Civil War. The original idea behind the KKK, or Klan as they’re frequently known, was to”avenge” the losses of the white South by taking them out on Black Americans.