Who won the Civil War?Submitted by Delvin on Wed, 12/09/2009 - 13:52
The North? The South? The Slaves? The White-supremacists? The Protectionists? The Rothschilds? Obama? The Yankees? The Mets?
I am gearing up for a final term paper in my Civil War and Reconstruction class. I was getting some pretty good information and thought I'd share with you all. The topic is, "who won the war?"
I am going to go out on a limb and claim that the winner was Alexander Hamilton. Lincoln was well-known for his Henry Clay Whig ideology of National banks, public debts, and protectionist tariffs. (see The American System)
Since the birth of the US, there have been two rival factions - the Federalists (nationalists) and Anti-federalists (federalists(confused?)). While Hamilton and the Federalists supported a strong National government, Anti-federalists supported a limited federal government with emphasis on State gov'ts. This was the foundation for what we call the two-party system. With such a system, compromise is key. If you cannot come to consensus, you have two options: compromise or fight (might makes right). Up until the war cries for secession were not uncommon when protesting the work of the opposing party. When South Carolina threatened to nullify the Tariff of Abominations, President Jackson decided to compromise - cooler heads prevailed. When South Carolina seceded from the union - Lincoln decided not to compromise and opted to end the debate once and for all. For Lincoln, might made right - and in the end it was the nationalist Ideas of Hamilton which were "right" and the ideas of Jefferson were discarded. Since the civil war, the debate has been shifted from "what should the role of government be" to "how should the government carry out its roles". It only cost about 620,000 (2.3% of the population) dead Americans to prove that Hamilton was "correct" all along. (compare that to about 7 million dead in today's population numbers.)
Got anything to share? I know you do. Who won the Civil War?