Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Discussion Question 8

(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 perpetuate slavery.

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.

Which is 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?


1 comment:

  1. Question #8 is found on page 65.