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|User Info||Enough On Lincoln; entered at 2018-02-12 21:25:30|
My evidence that slavery was the primary reason for the war - and that the South fully expected to bring the North to its knees - is the Cotton is King speech of 1858 by Sen James Henry Hammond of SC (also formerly Gov and a major slaveowner). Technically the speech was in support of the Lecompton Constitution for the admission of Kansas as a state - and that issue split the Dems into Northern Douglas Dems and Southern Slaveowner Dems. Hammond was a leader of the group called FireEaters which drove secession. That group is only forgotten now because a)the South lost and needed a different rationale for the war and created the 'Lost Cause' mythology and b)many of the FireEaters themselves died during the war (NOT KIA though) or went into permanent exile after.|
And they got non-slaveowning southern whites to do their bidding by creating what is now called the 'mudsill theory' (again from that speech) - that the existence of a mudsill class (black slaves in the South) allowed all other classes to refine/civilize/advance/etc. IOW - as long as slavery exists here, then you won't be the mudsill class. If it fails here, then you may well become the mudsill class just like white wage-laborers in the North.
That speech, along with the actual documents of secession, are easily the most overlooked documents of the time in history books. And they were well-known at the time - since Bleeding Kansas was where the Civil War really started - in 1854. Lincoln himself made a speech blasting the 'mud-sill theory'.