Slavery & the Civil War

Posted: February 14, 2009 in History, Lincoln

Over at the American Spectator, Rich Rostrom made some good comments regarding the issue of whether slavery was the cause of the Civil War.  While neo-confederates or Lincoln-haters deny it, or belittle it as a cause, there is no real doubt among serious historians that slavery was the issue that brought about the Civil War.  See:


Mississippi Declaration of Causes: “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery…”

Georgia Declaration of Causes: “For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.”

Texas Declaration of Causes: “In all the non-slave-holding States… the people have formed … a great sectional party, now strong enough … to control the affairs of … those States, based upon an unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery…”

Florida Declaration of Causes: “The nullification of [fugitive slave] laws by… two thirds of the non slaveholding States… [is] evidence of an open disregard of constitutional obligation, and of the rights and interests of the slaveholding States and of a deep and inveterate hostility to the people of these States.”

South Carolina’s Address to the Slaveholding States: “Experience has proved that slave-holding States can not be safe in subjection to non-slaveholding States.”

Etc. (Full texts of these and related documents may be seen at

The Southern secessionists themselves openly, repeatedly, and at great length stated that secession was necessary to preserve slavery and for no other reason. Why deny it now?




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