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Re: “Mayor Riley calls Secession Gala 'unfortunate,' 'the opposite of unifying'

Of course slavery was the cause of the Civil War -- specifically the SPREAD of slavery.

See what the South said at the time.

Start with Southern leader's Five Ultimatums March of 1861--- go read them --- that slavery MUST be spread.

Southern newspapers joyously reported the Five Ultimatums as "THE TRUE ISSUE" (March 21, Richmond Enquirer)

What was the true issue? What were the five Ultimatums?

ALL FIVE Ultimatums were about the SPREAD of slavery. That slavery MUST go into the territories. Kansas had just voted 98%-2% to keep slavery out, and had fought a 4 year war to stop slavery. Still, the FIRST Ultimatum by the Southern leaders were that the territories had to accept AND RESPECT slavery.


SOuthern newspapers joyously reported this. But this was no surprise, this was the position of SOuthern leaders for decades. The spread of slavery had been a violent effort and goal of the Southern leaders for over a generation. The "Compromise" of 1820 and 1850, were nothing more that the South issuing ultimatums then, to spread slavery or face their wrath.

By 1860, the South had turned slavery to be a religious issue. Slavery, screamed Davis, was a "Divine Gift". Vice President Stepehens said God ordained slavery, and the Confederacy would led the WORLD in "the great moral truth" that white men would enslave the black race -- world wide.

Toombs yelled to his cheering crowds "EXPAND OR PERISH".

Southern governors, like the Florida governor, said that just stopping the spread of slavery "was like burning us to death slowly" Another governor said they would have to kill their slaves, if they had to free them.

SOuthern declarations of causes were about slavery -- the SPREAD of slavery.

This is why the SOuth seceded -- slavery. And they said so.

Robert E Lee said those who were against slavery were trying to bring down "the American Church". God ordained slavery, Lee believed, and God intended slavery to be painful, pain was necessary "for their instruction as a race." God might free the slaves in 2000 years, he said repeatedly, but man must not question slavery until God ended it. Lee did not speak of spreading slavery -- but he was not one of the Founding Fathers of the CSA -- the Founding Fathers said it was about the spread of slavery.

The SPREAD of slavery is what the SOuth said at the time -- their leaders said it, their newspapers said it, their documents said it.

Confederate leader John Mosbey said that after the war, men made up all kinds of "excuses" for why they fought, but they all knew it was about slavery. He said he never heard anyone say another reason BUT slavery --- till after they lost the war, and all these excuses started.

SO the SOUTH said it was about slavery -- the spread of slavery. THe South said it loudly and proudly.

Did your own leaders lie when they said it was about the SPREAD of slavery? Did Jeff Davis lie? Did Lee lie? Did your newspapers lie? DId your documents lie?

Oh after the war --- all the excuses flowed like water. But AT THE TIME, the Southern leaders were loud and proud about going to war to SPREAD slavery for "the will of Almighty God"

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Posted by HistoryMatters on December 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM
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