a reply to: neo96
is right. Ironic that you're smugly LOL'ing when you're the one who believes a stupid myth.
The South was fighting for state rights against the north.
The civil war had nothing to do with slavery, and if one think it did.
Let's start with South Carolina, which is not only ground zero for the fake flag controversy which has basically overshadowed the mass murder
committed by a racist terrorist but was also the first state to secede.
Lincoln and his Republican cohorts were advocates of restricting the expansion of the institution of slavery into the West. Slave owners in the South
saw the writing on the wall and following his election win, South Carolina's governor and its state legislature decided a convention was in order. On
December 6, 1860, the delegates were elected and the convention itself convened on December 17. December 20, 1860, South Carolina seceded from the
In their Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union
, after a lengthy
preamble summarizing the formation of the United States, the detailing of grievances begins and these hypocritical assholes actually argued a position
The Constitution of the United States, in its fourth Article, provides as follows: "No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws
thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be
delivered up, on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due."
This stipulation was so material to the compact, that without it that compact would not have been made. The greater number of the contracting parties
held slaves, and they had previously evinced their estimate of the value of such a stipulation by making it a condition in the Ordinance for the
government of the territory ceded by Virginia, which now composes the States north of the Ohio River.
The same article of the Constitution stipulates also for rendition by the several States of fugitives from justice from the other States.
The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were
executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their
obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which
either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or
labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution. The State of New Jersey, at an
early day, passed a law in conformity with her constitutional obligation; but the current of anti-slavery feeling has led her more recently to enact
laws which render inoperative the remedies provided by her own law and by the laws of Congress. In the State of New York even the right of transit for
a slave has been denied by her tribunals; and the States of Ohio and Iowa have refused to surrender to justice fugitives charged with murder, and with
inciting servile insurrection in the State of Virginia. Thus the constituted compact has been deliberately broken and disregarded by the
non-slaveholding States, and the consequence follows that South Carolina is released from her obligation.
The gist of the above can be summed up thusly: "We only joined the Union because it was supposed to support slavery and now the Northern states
aren't sending us back our escaped slaves so screw it." Now pay close attention to this next part two paragraphs later:
A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office
of President of the United States, whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the common
Government, because he has declared that that "Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free," and that the public mind must rest in the
belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction.
This doesn't even require summation, it's pretty concise and to the point. They saw that the election of Lincoln was the beginning of the end for
slavery ("the course of ultimate extinction").
There are no non-slavery related grievances mentioned. NONE. ZERO. ZIP. It is a FACT that South Carolina seceded because Lincoln was elected and they
were afraid that it was only a matter of time before abolitionists sentiments were manifested in federal law that would bring about the "ultimate
extinction" of the institution of slavery.
In short order, six other slave holding states followed South Carolina's lead; Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas.
From Georgia's declaration:
The party of Lincoln, called the Republican party, under its present name and organization, is of recent origin. It is admitted to be an
anti-slavery party. While it attracts to itself by its creed the scattered advocates of exploded political heresies, of condemned theories in
political economy, the advocates of commercial restrictions, of protection, of special privileges, of waste and corruption in the administration of
Government, anti-slavery is its mission and its purpose. By anti-slavery it is made a power in the state. The question of slavery was the great
difficulty in the way of the formation of the Constitution.
The first paragraph from Mississippi's:
In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just
that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product
which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the
tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become
necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at
the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose
principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will
Is any of this sinking in? The Civil War was fought over the Confederate states seceding for the express purposes of preserving the institution of
chattel slavery of African slaves and the other states responding in kind to preserve the Union itself. The Civil War was fought over slavery. Period.