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From: "Ray O'Hara" <>
Subject: Re: Abraham Lincoln waged The War Between The States to SAVE THEUNION and not to free the slaves!
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 15:47:53 -0500
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> John Brown's effort was peculiar. It was not a slave insurrection. It
> was an attempt by white men to get up a revolt among slaves, in which
> the slaves refused to participate.
> --February 27, 1860 Cooper Union Address
does posting the exact same thing 3 times make you happy?
and maybe you should read what the men who actually started the war thought.
Selected Quotations from 1830-1865
a.. Henry L. Benning, Georgia politician and future Confederate general,
writing in the summer of 1849 to his fellow Georgian, Howell Cobb: "First
then, it is apparent, horribly apparent, that the slavery question rides
insolently over every other everywhere -- in fact that is the only question
which in the least affects the results of the elections." [Allan Nevins, The
Fruits of Manifest Destiny pages 240-241.] Later in the same letter Benning
says, "I think then, 1st, that the only safety of the South from abolition
universal is to be found in an early dissolution of the Union."
a.. Albert Gallatin Brown, U.S. Senator from Mississippi, speaking with
regard to the several filibuster expeditions to Central America: "I want
Cuba . . . I want Tamaulipas, Potosi, and one or two other Mexican States;
and I want them all for the same reason -- for the planting and spreading of
slavery." [Battle Cry of Freedom, p. 106.]
a.. Senator Robert M. T. Hunter of Virginia: "There is not a respectable
system of civilization known to history whose foundations were not laid in
the institution of domestic slavery." [Battle Cry of Freedom, p. 56.]
a.. Richmond Enquirer, 1856: "Democratic liberty exists solely because we
have slaves . . . freedom is not possible without slavery."
a.. Atlanta Confederacy, 1860: "We regard every man in our midst an enemy to
the institutions of the South, who does not boldly declare that he believes
African slavery to be a social, moral, and political blessing."
a.. Lawrence Keitt, Congressman from South Carolina, in a speech to the
House on January 25, 1860: "African slavery is the corner-stone of the
industrial, social, and political fabric of the South; and whatever wars
against it, wars against her very existence. Strike down the institution of
African slavery and you reduce the South to depopulation and barbarism."
Later in the same speech he said, "The anti-slavery party contend that
slavery is wrong in itself, and the Government is a consolidated national
democracy. We of the South contend that slavery is right, and that this is a
confederate Republic of sovereign States." Taken from a photocopy of the
Congressional Globe supplied by Steve Miller.
a.. Keitt again, this time as delegate to the South Carolina secession
convention, during the debates on the state's declaration of causes: "Our
people have come to this on the question of slavery. I am willing, in that
address to rest it upon that question. I think it is the great central point
from which we are now proceeding, and I am not willing to divert the public
attention from it." Taken from the Charleston, South Carolina, Courier,
dated Dec. 22, 1860. See the Furman documents site for more transcription
from these debates. Keitt became a colonel in the Confederate army and was
killed at Cold Harbor on June 1, 1864.
a.. Methodist Rev. John T. Wightman, preaching at Yorkville, South Carolina:
"The triumphs of Christianity rest this very hour upon slavery; and slavery
depends on the triumphs of the South . . . This war is the servant of
slavery." [The Glory of God, the Defence of the South (1861), cited in
Eugene Genovese's Consuming Fire (1998).]
a.. From the Confederate Constitution:
a.. Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 4: "No bill of attainder, ex post
facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves
shall be passed."
b.. Article IV, Section 3, Paragraph 3: "The Confederate States may
acquire new territory . . . In all such territory, the institution of negro
slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and
protected by Congress and the territorial government."
a.. From the Georgia Constitution of 1861:"The General Assembly shall have
no power to pass laws for the emancipation of slaves." (This is the entire
text of Article 2, Sec. VII, Paragraph 3.)
a.. From the Alabama Constitution of 1861: "No slave in this State shall be
emancipated by any act done to take effect in this State, or any other
country." (This is the entire text of Article IV, Section 1 (on slavery).)
a.. Alexander Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederacy, referring to the
Confederate government: "Its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests,
upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that
slavery . . . is his natural and normal condition." [Augusta, Georgia, Daily
Constitutionalist, March 30, 1861.]
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