Well the United States is united by an idea. The idea is buying into changing your life and self improvement.
The Pilgrims were literate and drew up a contract. They were making a decision past kin and ethnicity. Same with the German religious groups, many of whom left few behind in Germany.
I’ve always suspected to a limited degree, you could see the American Civil War as an extension of the English Civil War. Think of the New Englanders as the Roundheads and the First Families of Virginia as the Cavaliers.
Look at a deeper philosophical incentive. The Union was the idea of the terrible swift sword. Goldman called John Adams a Hebraic scholar. The Confederacy wanted to conquer new lands. I never thought of this, but they were really acting like Ancient Athens. (Many educated Southerners were highly educated in the classics).
The Civil War ended Calvinism in New England. No one, thought of the horrific casualties the Civil War had. (625,000 died on both sides). The New England elite became less religious, more pragmatic.
There are many different angles to look at the philosophy behind the American Civil War. Please do not hesitate to add to this.
- The Coming American Civil War (sgtreport.com)
- #American #CivilWar 2.0 (killingfuckingchickens.wordpress.com)
- The American Civil War Anniversary – April 29 to May 3, 1863 (bjdeming.wordpress.com)
- Did I Mention I’m a Reenactor? (sweetpeasandsoybeans.com)
- ‘The civil war in Iraq has already begun’: Politician claims conflict has started and warns it will be ‘worse than Syria’ (independent.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Snapshots of the American Civil War (bbc.co.uk)
- Library staff rights Civil War wrongs (wcpo.com)
- David Goldman How Civilizations Die, The Thirty Years War. (iamanauthorimustauth.wordpress.com)
- How Civilizations Die, by David P. Goldman. (iamanauthorimustauth.wordpress.com)