The following post was an answer I presented in response to New York-born Arizona State University history professor, author and anti-Southern blogger (with whom I actually get along pretty well these days) Brooks Simpson‘s recent question about the most important year of the ‘Civil War’ [sic]. This answer is from the perspective of the Golden Circle, of course, which we talk about quite a bit on SNN (check out the link at the bottom for a more thorough explanation o f the historical significance of the American Revolution to the Caribbean-Southern civilisation). What follows is just a brief summary of the long-term effects of the division (the mainland South from the Caribbean islands) and union (Southerners with New Englanders) which occurred in 1776:
1776. That was the unfortunate year that split the Caribbean-Southern civilisation in half (separating the mainland colonies from the island colonies) and unwisely saw the union of Southerners with New Englanders. From there it was pretty much a given that conflict and violence would result, especially considering the crusading spirit of New Englanders. With the South split, the Caribbean deteriorated into slave revolts and genocide and formerly wealthy plantation societies became Third World back-waters while the South was placed in a political struggle against a much more populous society that shared few of the same interests or values. Southern participation in the Yankees’ revolution was unwise. Southern accession to the union was a tragic decision. Half a million people later lost their lives, many Southern cities were burned to the ground and the South has since been a minority party (with none of her former sovereignty) in a compulsory, giant, multi-national, Progressive union – and this can be traced back to the unfortunate decisions made in the late 1700s.