CottonCatKing’s Master Post Against Yankee Lies
1) The War Between the States wasn’t over slavery, rather the states’ ability to secede from the Union. The Southern States did secede in major part due to fears over the future of slavery and being in a perpetual political minority if slavery was not allowed to expand westward and thus keep the balance of free vs slave states in the Senate. 4 states seceded after Lincoln called up volunteers to invade the South, so their reasoning was more in the fact of not wanting to invade fellow slave states rather than slavery by itself
2) Prior to hostilities, the Corwin Amendment was proposed in order to placate the South into remaining in the Union. “
No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or
give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State,
with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held
to labor or service by the laws of said State”. This in effect would have made slavery legal forever, or rather near impossible to make illegal on the Federal level. It was endorsed by both Buchanan and Lincoln prior to Fort Sumter.
3) The famous quote about the Confederate Flag, “As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.”, is not about this
but the 2nd national flag
which was used from 1862 to 1865 before being replaced by this
where the red stripe was added to make sure it would not be mistaken for the flag of surrender.
4) “The South would never give up slavery” is demonstratively false. In late 1864, President Davis, after initially rejecting Duncan Kenner’s, a representative from Louisiana and one of the largest single slave owners in the CSA, plan to trade the abolition of slavery for international recognition, finally agreed to send Kenner to France to talk to Napoleon III and later to the Prime Minister of the UK. It ultimately failed, and Lee surrendered shortly afterwards, but all the same the President and his cabinet placed independence over slavery at the end.
5) “Lincoln the Emancipator” I’ll let Honest Abe speak for himself:
“ My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. “
“ I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. “
5a) To add to this, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves, as the only areas it was in effect was not under Federal control, and he 4 border states that did not secede were not included in the Proclamation. This was due to the fact that Lincoln did not want to swing those states over to the CSA as Kentucky was vital to the war effort of the North so that the Ohio River remained in Northern hands. In an ironic twist, the former CSA states had their slaves freed before the border states did, as they were under military jurisdiction/ martial law.
This is by no means exhaustive, and will be added to as I get time/ information. If you have anything to add, or I forgot something, let me know. I’m making this because I see a lot of disinfo about the WBTS and the CSA, which I cannot abide. Deo Vindice