Revolt of the Planters with Mark Albertson
Known as the War Between the States or the War Between the North and the South, even the War of Brother Against Brother, the conflict which tore the Republic asunder less than a hundred years of its founding is known popularly as . . . the Civil War.
In one way or another, the above descriptions are true. But there is another which captures the political, economic and social aspects of the conflict in a fashion decidedly more accurate; and that is, the Revolt of the Planters. Such a description lends more to the Jeffersonian versus the Hamiltonian agendas for the future of America. The former enlists the agrarian agenda, while the latter showcases the desire to industrialize backed by a sound system of finance. And while the latter boasts of industrial production, commerce and banking, the former caters to the landed interests; a contradiction waged by the Southern Aristocracy versus burgeoning Northern Capitalism.
The Confederacy, then, was revolution from the Right. An attempt by the Southern Aristocracy to preserve the Slaveocracy of the American Gulag; while at the same time, purging the poisonous and anti-Constitutional Capitalist precepts of the North. Yet . . .
. . . preservation of an Aristocracy based on the primacy of a Landed Gentry was rapidly reaching a conclusion; an unfolding reality to which the Antebellum South seemed clueless. The Industrial Revolution, evolution of Capitalism with the rise of the Bourgeoisie displacing landed nobility and the corresponding rise the Middle Class, would prove itself superior in the industrialized, corporatized war to follow. The demise of the Southern Aristocracy in 1865 will be a prophetic warning of what was in store for the monarchs of Europe by 1918.
People Who Own the Country Ought to Govern It. – (1)
The importance of Land as a determinant for power . . . seven of the first ten presidents were Southerners, as were 23 of the first 36 Speakers of the House. The aspect of Private Property, whether a Plantation Owner or Small Farmer, bestowed upon such types voting privileges denied others. We the People, then, was based on the ability to own Land. Yet the threat posed to the Landed Interests by Northern merchants and industrialization was evident with the founding of the Nation. Thus the stage was set for the contradictions posed by the Jeffersonian versus the Hamiltonian doctrines for political primacy.