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Those make a great mistake who suppose it grew out of a desire merely to perpetuate slavery.
originally posted by: Scifi2424
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: Scifi2424
Forget what? The haters of humanity are still here. Always will be.
Resist and protest.
Who is the worst President Ever? Can't be Trump, he has changed nothing. Policies of Obama are still there for the most part..
The accursed lust for power lay at the bottom of it.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens disagrees:
The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us; the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.
and if he left any doubt ... he went on to say that ...
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day.
EDIT: I have always maintained the same argument ... that there was a constellation of political and economic concerns for the Civil War.
I was mistaken. It was about slavery and White Supremacy.
I can match the words of one man too.
Much of the tariff revenue collected from Southern consumers was used to build railroads and canals in the North. Between 1830 and 1850, 30,000 miles of track was laid. At its best, these tracks benefited the North. Much of it had no economic effect at all. Many of the schemes to lay track were simply a way to get government subsidies. Fraud and corruption were rampant.
With most of the tariff revenue collected in the South and then spent in the North, the South rightly felt exploited. At the time, 90% of the federal government's annual revenue came from these taxes on imports.
I promis there are letters from soldiers saying it was about slavery...
But we don't even need those because EVERY SINGLE STATE specifically said they were doing it to protect slavery in their articles of succession...
originally posted by: JoshuaCox
a reply to: SoaringHawk83
Except taxes weren't high..
In fact slaves were only taxed at like 1/5 their value, who INCREDIBLY benefited the south..
That tax was for every one not just the south? it would have just hypothetically hurt the south worst.. and would never have hurt them as much as the tax exemption for slaves helped..
FYI the founding fathers weren't over taxed either look it up..