The clip War talk from Gone with the Wind (1939) with Oscar Polk
We've borne enough insults from the Yankees.
We'll keep our slaves with or without their approval.
'Twas the sovereign right of Georgia to secede from the Union.
The South must assert herself by force of arms.
After we've fired on the Yankee rascals at Fort Sumter, we've got to fight.
-There's no other way. MAN 1: That's right!
MAN 1: Let the Yankees ask for peace.
The situation's very simple. The Yankees can't fight and we can.
There won't be a battle. They'll turn and run.
One of us can lick 20 Yanks. We'll beat them in one battle.
Gentlemen can always fight better than rabble.
Gentlemen always fight better.
What does the captain of our Troop say?
Well, gentlemen if Georgia fights, I go with her.
I hope the Yankees let us leave the Union in peace.
Ashley, they've insulted us!
You can't mean you don't want war?
Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars.
And when the wars were over, no one ever knew what they were about.
Now, gentlemen. Mr. Butler's been up North, I hear.
Don't you agree with us?
I think it's hard winning a war with words.
What do you mean, sir?
There's not a cannon factory in the whole South.
What difference does that make to a gentleman?
It'll make a great difference to a great many gentlemen, sir.
Are you hinting that the Yankees can lick us?
No, I'm not hinting.
I'm saying plainly, the Yankees are better equipped than we.
They've got factories, shipyards, coal mines and a fleet to bottle up our harbors and starve us.
All we've got is cotton and slaves and arrogance.
I refuse to listen to any renegade talk!
-I'm sorry if the truth offends you. -Apologies aren't enough, sir.
I hear you were turned out of West Point.
And you aren't received in any family in Charleston.
Not even your own!
I apologize again for all my shortcomings.
Perhaps you won't mind if I look over your place?