The Essence of Liberty: Part 239 (1) Undoing Marshall—And Undoing the Union The War for Southern Independence
The Essence of Liberty: Part 239 (1)
Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
A Summary of Gutzman, Kevin R.C. The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution
(The book is available from the Ludwig von Mises Institute at http://www.mises.org)
Chapter 6: Undoing Marshall—And Undoing the Union
The War for Southern Independence
Taney’s term was dominated by legal disputes that arose out of the war. The first of which was what to call the war.
The union began calling it the “Civil War.” But that is misleading because a civil war is a war for control of a single government. The Confederate states had no desire to rule New York or Indiana . All they wanted was independence. The union, on the other hand, wanted to force them to accept northern rule. So, in that sense, it was analogous to the American Revolution.
”War of Rebellion” became the official Union name. However, this assumes the validity of the northern position that the Union was not a union of states but an “amalgamation” or a “consolidation.” But, there is a serious problem with that view. There was no point at which any state agreed to join in a “consolidation” or to be “amalgamated” into one mass. To the contrary: The delegates to the Ratification Convention were told that their state could reclaim all its old powers should they be perverted by the federal government. Since that is all that the Southern states were attempting to do, “War of Rebellion” does not fit either.
Many Southerners called it the “War Between the States” which is, in some sense, true. But, the war was waged by “federal” governments on both sides, union and Confederacy. The most descriptive name is the “War for Southern Independence.”
(Note: Personally, I prefer the “War of Yankee Aggression.”)
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Jimmy T. LaBaume, PhD, ChFC is a full professor teaching economics and statistics in the School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX. He does not speak for Sul Ross State University. Sul Ross State University does not think for him.
Dr. LaBaume has lived in Mexico and spent extended periods of time in South and Central America as a researcher, consultant and educator.
“Gunny” LaBaume is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. His Marine Corps career spanned some 35 years intermittently from 1962 until 1997 when he refused to re-enlist with less than 2 years to go to a good retirement. In his own words, he “simply got tired of being guilty of treason.”
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