The south did have more revenue from plantations, so the previous poster was correct on the concept. The northern states wanted to limit the voting power of the southern states in Congress, so the North could capitalize on the fastest growing industry: railroad transportation. This is why the South succeeded. Just as the production of goods and services greatly benefited southern wealth, the North got greedy and did their best to limit Southern expansion, all for land accessibility to build railroads.<quoted text>
The South had more industry? You need to pick up a history book. And this garbage again, it wasn't about slavery. Yes it was. The Southern states succeeded because they weren't being allowed to expand slavery to the new western territories, and were afraid that with more free states they would lose their power in Congress, potentially leading to the end of slavery altogether. And back then, slaves were money.
The civil war began after Lincoln's election in 1860. Why were slaves not freed until 1863? The Irish immigrants that were used by the North first had died off, leaving only draft dodgers and the unabled Irish. Blacks were emancipated to fight for the Union cause as reinforcements. This is along the lines oulf our country using low-income families' children (many of who are black) to fight today's unneccessary wars.
Seen in that light, George W. Bush followed much of Abraham Lincoln's precedent of recruiting soldiers.