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Ten Neo-Confederate Myths
March 9, 2013 | vanity
Posted on Sunday, March 10, 2013 11:19:44 AM by BroJoeK
Ten Neo-Confederate Myths (+one)
“Secession was not all about slavery.”
In fact, a study of the earliest secessionists documents shows, when they bother to give reasons at all, their only major concern was to protect the institution of slavery.
These documents use words like “slavery” and “institution” over 100 times, words like “tax” and “tariff” only once (re: a tax on slaves), “usurpation” once (re: slavery in territories), “oppression” once (re: potential future restrictions on slavery).
So secession wasn’t just all about slavery, it was only about slavery.
In fact, secessionists biggest real complaint was that Washington was not doing enough to enforce fugitive slave laws in Northern states.
Mississippi‘s Declaration is instructive since it begins by explaining why slavery is so important:
“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.”
“has nullified the Fugitive Slave Law in almost every free State in the Union…”
In fact, the Compromise of 1850 shifted responsibility for enforcing Fugitive Slave laws from northern states to the Federal Government, so this complaint amounts to a declaration that Washington is not powerful enough………….
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