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Re: Causes for the Civil War

"CULTURAL DIFFERENCES--Southerners and Northerners were of different Genetic Lineages. Southerners were primarily of Western English (original Britons),Scottish,and Irish linage (Celtic) whereas Northerners tended to be of Anglo-Saxon and Danish (Viking) extraction. The two cultures had been at war and at odds for over 1000 years before they arrived in America. Our ancient ancestors in Western England under King Arthur humbled the Saxon princes at the battle of Baden Hill ( circa 497 AD --516 AD ). The cultural differences that contributed to the War Between the States (1861-1865 ) had existed for 1500 years or more."

I have a big problem with this. That's a lot of time between 516 A.D. and 1861 A.D. No mention of the Norman invasion is offered. King Arthur is of mythical history and no real proof of his existance can be found. The Battle of Baden Hill or the Battle of Mons Badonicus or Mount Badon, or Mynydd Baddon was won by an unknown leader most likely of Roman-British origin. Southerners are as much linked to Anglo-Saxon's as Northerners (New Englanders). Eastern England, where most early New Englanders were from, was heavily populated by Viking peoples, but so was Ireland and the other parts of Great Briton. Southerners are primarily decendants of peoples that existed between late 1500s to late 1700s Northern Ireland, Southern Scotland, Northern England, Western England, Wales and Western Germany. Not the peoples that existed only 500 A.D. Briton.

There are cultural differences but how much of this is contributed to Southern environment and its own history with the native peoples and differences of the New England environment? King Arthur? Please, thatis really over the top. I can trace my ancestors to Sherwood Forrest, but I'm not claiming Robin Hood as my cultural link to the past...maybe Lord Cumberland.

David Upton

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