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The Confederates' formal reason for secession was to preserve states' rights, but by far the biggest reason they wanted the states' rights was to preserve slavery.

Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX20:09, 10 March 2011

I am saying the CSA, the government and country was not racist. I know that most Confederates were racist, but so was most Northerners.

Also, Dishonest Abe didn't care about slavery.

All right, what author passes for an "historian" in your school, some neo-Confederate whitewasher or Howard Zinn?

We have a quote addressed to people who believe that slavery was not the cornerstone of the Confederacy. You might also have a look at the Confederate Constitution, article I, section 9, paragraph 4.

Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX21:24, 10 March 2011

Yeah, it was about states' rights to protect slave owners rights. "All right, what author passes for an "historian" in your school..." Thomas DiLorenzo, no doubt.

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)21:44, 10 March 2011

Zinn is a bona fide historian, LX, however much you disagree with him. He is a revisionist, not a negationist or a denialist.

Blue Talk22:09, 10 March 2011

In some cases, he is. But the above was merely a reference to his belief that Lincoln cared little about slavery.

Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX22:23, 10 March 2011