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originally posted by: madmac5150
The old South, was dominated by Democrats.
Democrats fought to continue slavery.
Democrats fought tooth and nail, against Civil Rights.
Is it any wonder, that Democrats still encourage racial division?
In the end people were intent upon ending slavery, a notion that the south began working on well before the end of the civil war. The slave trade was becoming uneconomical for the south with new technology. The union didn't care about abolishing slavery except in that they wanted votes. The abolitionist movement became too strong for them to ignore.
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: filthyphilanthropist
Sure it was a military measure. Don't disagree.
But if we look at the passing of the 13th amendment. It would sure seem that, in the end, the government was intent upon abolishing slavery.
originally posted by: Regnor
" 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. "...
"Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone 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."
From the "Cornerstone Speech" By Alexander H. Stephens (soon to be elected VP of the CSA), March 21, 1861.