Brooks Simpson’s latest post got me thinking about the numerous idiotic things I’ve heard or read about the American Civil War. What I’ve discovered over the years is that most of the claims are downright laughable, even more so than the people that vociferously defend them. So here is the latest statement from “Lady Val.”
“Had slavery been the cause of secession – because secession was certainly the cause of the war – then there would have been neither secession nor war. By the time of Lincoln’s inauguration, the proposed original 13th Amendment to the Constitution (the Corwin Amendment) had passed both Houses of Congress, been ratified by one state and signed by President Buchanan (unnecessary, but an example of the popularity of the amendment). The Corwin Amendment enshrined slavery in the Constitution in perpetuity; that is, it could not later be revoked. Ergo, the South had clear and eternal protection for their “peculiar institution.” Obviously, if slavery had been the problem, those states already “out,” South Carolina, Georgia and Florida I believe, would have simply returned and all would have proceeded as before except that the noisy and (on the whole) despised radical abolitionists would have had to go somewhere else to make trouble.
But that didn’t happen. The Southern states departed because they were being (or had already been) changed from participating members of a republic into an economic colony of the rest of the Union whose money (the South paid 80% of the federal revenues) was being used for the benefit of Northern commercial and political interests. Seeing nothing ahead but political irrelevancy and a subject status in the nation, the Southern people by and large decided to leave the old compact and set up a new one as was their guaranteed right under the Constitution.
And, by the way, Lincoln NEVER campaigned for abolition. Indeed, he said that he had neither the right nor the desire to “interfere” with slavery. His entire campaign was one for high tariffs and “the American System” of corporate welfare.” (her emphasis)
Oh Lady Val, how you humor us. I may or may not respond to her goofy claims. I’m much more interested in what you, as a reader, thinks. Thoughts? Observations?