A House Divided: (61) Cracker Secession – II

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: One of the most intriguing questions to emerge from the Civil War involved the willingness of lower class whites, whose connection to the slave economy was distant at best, who never could ever have dreamed of even owning a slave, threw themselves into the war effort of the Confederacy, many paying the ultimate price for their loyalty. It is not an easy question, but some factors are economic, social, and regional.

A House Divided: (60) Cracker Secession – I

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the months leading up to the first large military engagement of the civil war, both North and South were gripped by war fever. All the romance and illusion of a people that had known little but peaceful development came spilling out on both sides of the divide. The righteousness of the cause of each region was taken for granted.