posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 05:29 PM
reply to post by Areveli
The Civil War was about slavery and the Democrats were the ones that just had to have slavery in order to fill their pockets. You can believe all the
lies you like, it will not change the fact.
On 6 November 1860, the six-year-old Republican Party elected its first president. During the tense crisis months that followed – the
“secession winter” of 1860–61 – practically all observers believed that Lincoln and the Republicans would begin attacking slavery as soon
as they took power.
Jacobin Democrats in the North blamed the Republican Party for the entire sectional crisis. They accused Republicans of plotting to circumvent the
Constitutional prohibition against direct federal attacks on slavery. Republicans would instead allegedly try to squeeze slavery to death indirectly,
by abolishing it in the territories and in Washington DC, suppressing it in the high seas, and refusing federal enforcement of the Slave Laws. The
first to succumb to the Republican program of “ultimate extinction,” Democrats charged, would be the border states where slavery was most
vulnerable. For Northern Democrats, this is what caused the crisis; the Republicans were to blame for trying to get around the Constitution.
Southern secessionists said almost exactly the same thing. The Republicans supposedly intended to bypass the Constitution’s protections for slavery
by surrounding the South with free states, free territories, and free waters. What Republicans called a “cordon of freedom,” secessionists
denounced as an inflammatory circle of fire.
The Southern cooperationists – those who opposed immediate secession – agreed with the secessionists’ and Northern Democrats’ analysis
of Republican intentions. But they argued that the only way the Republicans would actually have the power to act on those intentions was if the
Southern states seceded. If the slave states remained within the Union, the Republicans would not have the majorities in Congress to adopt their
antislavery policies. And if the South did secede, all bets would be off. The rebellious states would forfeit all the constitutional protections of
slavery. The South would get something much worse than a cordon of freedom. It would get direct military intervention, leading to the immediate and
uncompensated emancipation of the slaves.
This is just one source. There are thousands. The Republican party was formed for the express purpose of abolishing slavery,