(click to view the discussion material - CIVIL WAR 150: READER #1 SECESSION and UNION)
My response to question #8 found at the end of the Reader is that from the readings, those who
supported and voted for secession baldly say that the reason is to
The very first sentence of the very first entry,
the Charleston Mercury had written, "The issue before the country is the
extinction of slavery." Yet, to say that it was about states rights
was just another way of saying the same thing. Which state right was
being violated? According to the secessionists, the right of the states
to manage their own internal affairs regarding slavery.
not to say that the North primarily fought to end slavery, although some
did, but to preserve the Union for "the government claimed no right to
do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it (slavery)."
How would you respond to this question?