GDG- NPs & Slavery
denlaw at gojade.org
Tue Jan 3 12:14:41 CST 2012
At 12:03 PM 1/3/2012, you wrote:
>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
><<No slavery, no secession , no secession no war. Those are
>unassailable parts of how the war began.>>
>That implies that secession could not have taken place except for the issue
>of slavery. It also implies that the North would have gone to war over
>secession regardless of why it came about.
No, it does not imply anything. It is simply stating the historical
facts. There may be alternatives that you would like to explore ,
but these are the historical facts, not implications.
>It is true, however, that slavery was the motivation for secession
>in this case.
And that is the only case that is being discussed. Historically
secession was caused by slavery. That led to war. There's really no
other way to look at it without linguistic gymnastics
> It is also true that Lincoln did not go to war over the slavery
But he went to war to save the Union, and that became a war to end
slavery. That is historical fact as well.
That needs to be explored and it can only be done by looking at
how secession was caused by slavery that eventually led to the war
being fought to end slavery.
>The point is what should and should not be presented to the visitor's at
>Gettysburg. I happen to lean more to the preservation of the Union side.
I do not have any issue with those who want to limit or change or
want more or less on slavery in the visitor center. To each his own.
My only concern is the argument that slavery was not somehow the
cause of the war when clearly it was the key point.
. Whether not Lincoln should have could have or would have
chosen something besides war is not the point. War was the result
of secession that was caused by slavery
We perceive, uneasily , that slavery somehow was there at the
constitutional beginning, liken unbidden, malevolent spirit at a
festive celebration; the fairy tale witch who was not invited to the
christening but who came anyway, and in an act; of spite left the
curse on the child. William M. Wiecek.
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