What Britain’s Civil War Scare can teach us about America’s Civil War Hysteria

 
The cause of Britain’s Civil War Scare was the Home Rule Crisis. Prime Minister H.M. Asquith’s Liberal government launched the crisis by introducing the Third Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons in 1912.

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How Probable is a Second American Civil War?

Zogby’s scariest discovery is that younger Americans believe Civil War is inevitable. For example, 53% of Americas between 18 and 29 and 51% of Americans between 18 and 24 thought Civil War was likely.

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Frightening Similarities between the man who started the Civil War and Joe Biden

However, there is powerful evidence that the “experience” Buchanan offered was really nostalgia for an earlier and simpler time when Americans could settle differences through talk. Today, Biden’s experience is a code word for nostalgia for the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s when politicians could compromise over most issues. Biden is a relic of that era. Just as Buchanan was a relic of the era of compromise over slavery: the 1820s and 1830s.

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What Happens when a Major American Political Party Splits? In 1860 it was Civil War

Frighteningly, some elements in the 1860 Democratic crack-up resemble those present in 2021. For example, there was a popular and controversial celebrity candidate, who was hated and loved by different segments of the party. There were also regional divides over race and the nature of American Democracy.

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America’s Worst President: How Jefferson Davis Lost the Civil War

Jefferson Davis did more to destroy American slavery; an institution he loved, than any abolitionist. Moreover, Davis was responsible for the destruction of the Southern Society he loved.

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Trump’s Birthright Citizenship proposal threatens Civil War

Therefore, Trump is partially reviving the loathsome idea that the Constitution entitles only white people to citizenship. However, the President concedes that nonwhites can be citizens if their parents are legal residents of the United States.

To reclaim racists’ support Trump has to reestablish his credentials as a white supremacist. Proposing an end to birthright citizenship; long a goal of white supremacists, is a logical means of achieving that goal.
Therefore, Trump’s birthright proposal is not only racist it is dangerous and irresponsible. The President is proposing a policy that could trigger Civil War to win a few votes.

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Ominous Parallels the Civil War Era and Modern America

Beware Moderate Compromises. Historians list the moderate efforts to end the conflicts of the 1850 as some of the main causes of the Civil War. Every such effort, the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act made things worse.

Radicalism intensifies. The extremists of the 1850s; the Radical Abolitionists and the Southern Fire Eaters, became bolder, increasingly rabid, and more aggressive as the decade went on.

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