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After the Disaster: American Rebirth or Interment?

TLHaney Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 8:10 AM
You beat me to it. The message is still out there if anyone will turn off their smart phones and American Idol long enough to listen.
America is now in a time that in some ways resembles the 1850s, when freedom-loving people, attentive to political and cultural trends, saw a great crisis coming.

After the Mexican-American War, as Southern slaveholders and their political allies sought to extend the realm of slavery into the West and tip the nation's political and cultural balance to the advantage of slaveholders, many believed liberty was at risk.

In the wake of the Dred Scott decision -- in which the Supreme Court argued that the federal government could not prohibit slavery in the territories because enslaved human beings were a form of...