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Edward Pollard, editor of the Richmond Examiner and a first-hand observer of the Civil War, makes clear in THE LOST CAUSE REGAINED that renewed military action wasn't necessary for this important (for him) event to occur. He does intimate however that nationwide guerrilla violence is not unheard of, or impossible. Pollard believed rather that regaining the Southern cause involved: 1.) Recognizing the supremacy of the white race 2.) Relegating blacks to a perpetual second-class status, and 3.) Taking the government to task for excesses committed during the war and after
Pollard makes a strong case against the ongoing Reconstruction his beloved South was harshly enduring at the time of this 200 page book's publication. Military occupation, disenfranchisement of white males and gerrymandering to create black voter majorities were common occurrences. He sees in the attempted impeachment of Andrew Johnson not a vindication of Sec'y of War Edwin Stanton but a repudiation of the Republican Administration and their policies during and after the war.
A supposition that the late war was actually a good thing for the South holds a lot less water. He cites Morley's commentary regarding Britain's loss of the American colonies as example. Morley thought the end result positive because the House of Commons had been heavy-handed in dealing with colonists and King George III was too meddling with Parliament. Both situations ended after the surrender at Yorktown, and a strong Prime Minister filled the power gap.
Pollard believed a general repudiation of Lincoln's war policies (such as suspension of habeas corpus) was soon forthcoming. He couldn't see that such Constitutional violations may have been required during an extreme emergency in order to reunite the country.Read more ›
If you're tired or reading the biased story of Lincoln the great, this book will open your eyes as to why the war was unnecessary, but forced by Lincoln. The South was right and now with the 14th Amendment and how it was put into law, America in no longer a land with a Constitution. The Constitution is dead and I as a 28 year Special Forces veteran revoke my oath to support and defend the current edition of the Constitution which negates the 1st and the 10th amendments.
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