The Division between North and South after the Civil War

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Since the Northern and Southern branches of each denomination had already separated from each other without horrific consequence, and since they had managed to remain peaceful in the years since, the South began to look at secession as actually being a feasible possibility. John C. Calhoun, a senator from South Carolina, called for a dual presidency for the United States, with an executive leader in both the North and the South. To complicate matters, however, in the years between 1845 and 1861, the division between the North and South began to grow thanks to the lack of interaction between them. With no social intercourse between the two groups, each side began to imagine the worst of the other. As David Potter says, they “reacted to a distorted mental image of the other: the North to an image of a Southern world of lascivious and sadistic slavedrivers; the South to an image of a Northern world of cunning Yankee traders and of rabid abolitionists plotting slave insurrections.” There no longer was a face to be put with the people they had once called their brethren. Southern and Northern newspapers alike drove on these attitudes with their opinion driven articles. For example, an article in the Sumter Banner, printed in South Carolina, about “Northern Prescription ” makes its assertions about the character of Northern abolitionists and the plight of the Southern states known just in the first few sentences alone: “S.P.

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