[funsec] What Happened to The 56 Men Who Signed the Declarationof
ge at linuxbox.org
Mon Jul 9 08:57:31 CDT 2007
On Mon, 9 Jul 2007, Drsolly wrote:
> The fact remains, England, the true land of the free, abolished the slave
> trade and slavery long before "all men are created equal" America.
If memory serves, so did France. This played a critical role during the
American civil war.
While the powers--Britain and France--were apparently about to announce
their support for The Confederation in the south, much like France did
during the American independence war, they decided against it.
They had many good reasons for doing it, from "getting back at the
colonies" to practical ones such as maintaining the flow of Spice, I mean
Oil.. errr, Cotton. That was the life-blood of the British empire.
Aside for the many good reasons, they were encouraged by the fact the
Yanks had no good leadership and kept losing battle after battle in an
almost ridiculous fashion. General Lee on the other end, although stuck
to some failed concepts, was amazing.
It was a very bloody battle which no one won (I'd say both lost) that was
what tipped the scale. The North did not win, but it did drive away
invaders, which was percieved as victory.
Which battle that was you Americans are going to have to fill in, it is
unthinkable I'd know more about your history than you.
The only real reason the empires delayed before that battle which would
have pushed them to it, was that they already abolished slavery and
supporting the south was something their people would have had a hard time
All the above is spoken of as fact, which it isn't. I have very
little knowledge in this field and even if I did, history is always about
best guess. I like that one.
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