Hmm. Odd coincidence. At any rate- I find it to be completely ignorant and offensive for the article-writer to make such a patently untrue blanket statement about the Confederacy. The driving force behind secession of the states was the federal government having too much control, not racism. I’m not saying that I’m a supporter of Perry, but if you didn’t pay enough attention in history class, don’t write a fucking article. Especially one that’s pretty well libelous.
I think that’s part of it but to deny more than racism, but white supremacy as part of the role of why the confederacy seceded seems a bit inaccurate. “States rights” were part of it, but we really know why they wanted to keep those “state rights”. To uphold slavery, which is rooted in capitalism and white supremacy and racism.
At this rate, I’m going to have to memorize the passage, because I’ve been pulling it out so often, yet it seems that nobody hears.
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America
Hear is my favorite passage from Dr. Anne Sarah Rubins (pretty kick ass CW historian) book about the Confederacy. She says:
…Confederates took slavery as a given, albeit a sometimes problematic one, subject to neither challenge nor conversation.
Confederate had a second reason to keep silent on the subject of slavery, for they worried constantly about how their nation would be perceived by foreign countries. The ever-present search for diplomatic recognition, a sort of national status anxiety, underlay Confederate call for indigenous schoolbooks and literature, and it influenced the language in which Confederates framed their national aspirations. They were sensitive to foreign, particularly British, opposition to slavery. By de-emphasizing bondage as a cause of succession, stressing instead states rights and political domination, Confederates were able to shift the terms of debate, thus making their cause more palatable to conditional Unionist, nonslaveholders, and outside nations. [emphasis mine]
States Rights was ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS about slavery. States rights was code for slavery during the war and today. The South was racist and still is racist (however that can be saved for a different discussion). The Confederacy fought the Civil War over slavery and used political propaganda to make people think they were fighting over states rights. Confederate politicians knew that they could not get people to support a war over slavery.
Commentary. I am sick to death of this ‘states rights’ bollocks. It was about their ‘right’ to own other human beings. Full stop.
Anyone who tells you that the confederacy wasn’t about slavery and racism being institutionalized for ever and ever amen is bald face lying. Either to themselves, or to you. As a southern history major working on a Master’s degree, I want each of you confederacy defenders to talk to me about Bedford Forrest and his actions throughout the war, and more importantly his actions -after- the war, and how he was upholding confederate beliefs by laying the foundation for the KKK. Please. Pick up a fucking book.
Looks like ahungryvirgin is the one who needs to read a history book. Possibly one more in-depth and truthful than the one he/she read in the 3rd grade.