Moving towards abolition of slavery got enough of the population mad enough to secede from the Union. True, there were other issues, but that was the main one. Is there anything in dispute today that could lead to a similar conflict? I’m thinking along the lines of something where a realistic change in either the majorities opinion and/or the law upset enough people, not scenarios like ‘Slavery is made legal again’ or ‘Women lose the right to vote’, but maybe something like abortion made illegal and punishable as murder or massive reductions in social spending.
I considered putting this in Great Debates, but I’m not really wanting to start a debate over the actual topics that might lead to a civil war or revolt (as by definition people would have strong beliefs and the subject of the thread might shift). I was just trying to get an idea of what other people thought might be big enough, if anything (most big issues don’t seem geographically divided enough).