reply to post by ShotGunRum
the South had already declared secession BEFORE Lincoln was sworn in so technically
, he had no Union to defend. by the time the 1st shot was
fired, a MAJORITY of states had already seceded ... Constitutionally, Lincoln really had no authority to intervene as he did.
your snipits of the declarations only highlight what YOU want them to ... unfortunately for you, i've read ALL of them from start to finish and yes,
slavery was included, it was an issue, no one has said it wasn't.
it WAS the industry
of the region (right or wrong doesn't really matter in this discussion) and since the South provided the 4th largest
economy in the world
at that time, it was important to everyone, not just the slave owners.
the North retained their slaves, after emancipation because there was NO path for their freedom until a Constitutional amendment was passed and
ratified, years later.
so, you accept the EP was a sham for the most part ?
and, we can agree that it was nothing more than an influential tactic to achieve another goal entirely ?
fair enough, you didn't say that specifically but your statement implied it, that's why i asked.
there were numerous European slaves and indentured servants all throughout the states, north and south.
btw, what's with New York being in the South, anyway?
NY was indeed a slave state or is this news for you ?
oh yes they were and in the plantation homes and working the fields and raising families and, and, and ... oh YES they were.
i would suggest you link what you think are the relevant parts that support your theory and not from wiki, either.
the originals from the state archives will do.
who knows, maybe you'll learn something