GDG- NPs & Slavery
denlaw at gojade.org
Tue Jan 3 11:03:15 CST 2012
I am not arguing whether not Lincoln could have have chosen another
method to react to secession. I'm not arguing Lincoln did not go to
war to preserve the union. I am simply stating the historical fact
that secession was caused by slavery and war was the result.
It is impossible to have any discussion of the causes of the war or
the cause secession without the inclusion of slavery.
The indisputable point is slavery was the cause of secession which
was the cause of the war.
The other what-ifs do not apply to that.
At 10:53 AM 1/3/2012, you wrote:
>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>The problem with your argument is that secession could have occurred without
>necessarily casuing a war. The North could have decided to let the errant
>sisters go. Therefore, the war was not begun over slavery. It began
>because Lincoln desired to preserve the Union.
>This is a fact regardless of what motivations came into play later in the
>Again, slavery was not the cause of the war -- secession was. Lincoln did
>not go to war to end slavery, but to end secession.
> Secession and slavery were inextricably bound together.
> It is true the North did not go to war to free the slaves, but it
>did become that no matter what the motives were at the outset.
>Lincoln made that clear at Gettysburg and reaffirmed it in the
>The war was fought over slavery. No slavery, no secession - no war.
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