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According to the Declarations of Causes - Preserving Slavery was the Reason for Secession

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posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 04:35 PM
It never fails that when a controversy flairs about removing symbols of the Confederacy, lots of myths and dubious claims are tossed around by those who feel obliged to defend the now defunct institution of putting-up-symbols-of-the-Confederacy-to-spite-anyone-who-isn't-a-white-Southern-conservative, a practice made possible by the uber white privilege of a butthurt majority who had unilateral control of the levers of society and dedicated themselves to disenfranchising and terrorizing freed slaves and their descendants for a solid century and then some.

You'll encounter outlandish claims about how the Irish were the real slaves and how, "you don't hear [people of Irish descent] whining!" There will be vitriolic declarations about the teeny tiny number of opportunistic free blacks who, "owned slaves too!" A new one I heard just today was that 100,000 black soldiers fought for the Confederacy. (Yeah, no.)

While in some cases there exists a small kernel of truth (there's always outliers), wrapped in layer after layer of exaggeration and inaccuracy, others they are pure unhinged frothy-mouthed fantasy. What they have in common is that they serve the same purpose: to salve the butthurt of folks who refuse to acknowledge reality.

Speaking as a person raised and educated in rural Georgia, I will tell you that it's a time honored tradition in the South, where some would still prefer to call the Civil War, "The War of Northern Aggression." I'm too lazy to provide a source, but I read somewhere earlier that in a survey of white Southerners, 70% believed the Civil War was fought over just about anything BUT preserving the institution of slavery.

That particular "alt-fact" is the granddaddy of 'em all and it never fails that somebody will trot out this excuse making nonsense whenever the dubious "heritage not hate" bulls# is rightly challenged. And this whopper is what I'll let the long-dead political leaders of the Confederate states address here, in their own words. In fact, in documents that were written expressly to convey why they were doing, what they were doing.

The Declaration of Causes of Seceding States

First up, Georgia:

The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.

The next bit is an epic expression of historic butthurt:

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.

While the subordination and the political and social inequality of the African race was fully conceded by all, it was plainly apparent that slavery would soon disappear from what are now the non-slave-holding States of the original thirteen. The opposition to slavery was then, as now, general in those States and the Constitution was made with direct reference to that fact.

posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 04:35 PM
Next we have Texas, who is even more plain about their reasons for leaving the Union.

Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits-- a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.

Forget what I said about white privilege before, it's gets worse. I won't even bother to bold anything on this one:

based upon an unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of equality of all men, irrespective of race or color-- a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of Divine Law. They demand the abolition of negro slavery throughout the confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and negro races, and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us, so long as a negro slave remains in these States.

They're not done:

We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

Who wrote this thing? Richard Spencer?

that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations;

Mississippi, right up front:

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 sufficiently prove.

Starting to see a theme?
edit on 2017-8-16 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)

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posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 04:39 PM
a reply to: theantediluvian

Not true WE hit Sumpter first.
AND you forgot about the I banks that were driving Lincoln ,because they required a unified union.
Had the south won northern businesses would have lost BIG.

posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 04:42 PM
Also the Confederate constitution was pretty specific about slavery as well. It's starts on line one.

posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 04:50 PM
a reply to: theantediluvian

I know that this is a reaction to an early OP and understand your reason for posting it. But are we really still fighting the Civil War? People of all political stripes need to start cleaning up their own backyards before they can start worrying about cleaning up anyone else's. This country is on the verge of entering civil disruptions we haven't seen since the 70's. People who can't work with others who have differing viewpoints are emotional children. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. Day in and day out I see people of all colors, ethnicities, religions, and nations of origin working together. The more we focus on extremists on either side the more harm we do to the large majority of us.

posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 04:59 PM
a reply to: theantediluvian

And ?

According to that other piece of paper the Declaration of Independence gave people the RIGHT to abolish any form of government that became destructive.

Right or Wrong( hindsight is always 20/20)

They viewed it as a violation of the US constitution.

edit on 16-8-2017 by neo96 because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2017 @ 07:01 PM
so what?
slavery was still legal during the civil war, it didn`t become illegal until December 6 1865, after the war ended.

it`s silly to believe that the south left the union so that they could do something (own slaves) which was legal and which they could have continued doing for at least another 5 years by staying in the union. if the main issue was slavery they could have stayed in the union and stonewalled the 13th amendment in congress for a very long time,longer than 5 years I would guess.

it is comparable to if states starting leaving the union today to protest the possibility that abortion might be made illegal at some point in the future.

posted on Aug, 17 2017 @ 09:41 AM
Wow! another pointless thread....

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