July 05, 2019

(WATCH) Glenn Beck: MYTH: The Civil War wasn't really about slavery

Rebel Staff

One of the most widespread myths about the Civil War is the argument that the war wasn’t fought over slavery. Watch Glenn Beck debunk this myth and read President Lincoln's iconic Gettysburg Address.

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commented 2019-07-07 09:08:10 -0400
…Wanted to add that while the civil war began over free trade, by its end, the continuation of slavery had become an issue. Isn’t it ironic that today’s politicians and business executives would have been supporters of the South’s demand for free trade with Britain (and elsewhere)?
commented 2019-07-06 23:28:33 -0400
Beck is correct.
It was actually fought over free trade. The North wanted their budding manufacturing-based economy to be protected by tariffs from highly industrialized Britain. The South wanted the cheaper and higher quality British manufactured goods. They were also concerned about counter tariffs on their cotton.
Don’t believe me? Read Lincolns inaugural address. Learn about the proposed Corwin amendment to entice the South to remain in the Union. The Amendment would have enshrined state institutions, including slavery, and prevented interference by Congress.
commented 2019-07-06 19:04:07 -0400
Beck is correct . . . .

“The election of Lincoln caused the state of South Carolina to call a state convention which voted unanimously in favor of secession on 20th December, 1860. The “cotton states” of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas followed suit, seceding in January and February 1861. These states then agreed to form their own Federal Government calling it the Confederate States of America, on February 4, 1861. After the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in April, Lincoln called on all the states to send forces to recapture federal properties. Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee ,unwilling to send forces against their neighbors, voted to secede and joined the Confederates. In his inaugural address on March 4, 1861 Lincoln called any secession “legally void”. He had no intent to invade southern states nor did he intend to end slavery where it existed. However, he said that he would use force to maintain possession of Federal property. The battle lines were clearly drawn.”

Emancipation was a military policy.
As much as he hated the institution of slavery, Lincoln didn’t see the Civil War as a struggle to free the nation’s 4 million slaves from bondage. Emancipation, when it came, would have to be gradual, and the important thing to do was to prevent the Southern rebellion from severing the Union permanently in two. But as the Civil War entered its second summer in 1862, thousands of slaves had fled Southern plantations to Union lines, and the federal government didn’t have a clear policy on how to deal with them. Emancipation, Lincoln saw, would further undermine the Confederacy while providing the Union with a new source of manpower to crush the rebellion.

Since Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as a military measure, it didn’t apply to border slave states like Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri, all of which were loyal to the Union. (Missouri actually had two competing governments; one loyal to, and recognized by the Union, and one loyal to the Confederacy). Lincoln also exempted selected areas of the Confederacy that had already come under Union control in hopes of gaining the loyalty of whites in those states. In practice, then, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t immediately free a single slave, as the only places it applied were places where the federal government had no control—the Southern states currently fighting against the Union.

Despite its limitations, Lincoln’s proclamation marked a crucial turning point in the evolution of Lincoln’s views of slavery, as well as a turning point in the Civil War itself. By war’s end, some 200,000 black men would serve in the Union Army and Navy, striking a mortal blow against the institution of slavery and paving the way for its eventual abolition by the 13th Amendment.
commented 2019-07-06 17:33:31 -0400
Without purpose, there can be no such thing as victory.