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So, it was just a little bit racist?

MtDHolla!03:56, 13 March 2011

It was FLAWED, it wasn't made by God. What I think you mean is "Was the Confederacy made for slavery", which my response would be no. It was made for states' rights, and free blacks fought in the War for Southern Independence.

Also, I DO NOT have a Southern accent.

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz03:58, 13 March 2011
  • The Confederacy was founded mainly on states' rights
Yes, this is a partly true statement.
  • Abe didn't care about slavery as much as people think he did
Also true.
  • The Union at that time could be easily compared to the Great Britain under King George III with regards to secession movements.
This is not even wrong.

Let's talk about this.

What you fail to understand about the Confederacy was that the reason the Southern states seceded was because they felt that their way of life was mortally threatened by the election of Abraham Lincoln, who was an anti-slavery (not an abolitionist, of course) Northerner. Their way of life included economic, political, and social elements--some historians even contend that the North and South were not simply different economic regions, but two entirely separate civilizations--and differed from the North in all of these elements. One government could no longer contain both societies, especially given the expansionist tendencies of both (c.f. the wp:Ostend Manifesto and wp:Kansas-Nebraska Act and its repercussions), so the South saw no choice but to break away. What you specifically fail to realize is just how integral the institution of slavery was to Southern socioeconomics, and how the subjugation of blacks was not simply an economic policy but a societal necessity. The Confederacy, the culmination of the seceding states' effort at housing their society in a new government, is simply inextricable and inseparable from that subjugation.

You correctly point out that the chief reason given for secession by the Southern states was that under the "compact" theory of the Constitution, it was a "state's right" to secede. Lincoln, the North and ultimately the Supreme Court affirmed the "contract" theory of the Constitution, meaning that the federal government was supreme. This issue was put to bed after the war in a legal sense, but persists to the present day in the political invective in conservative Southern states. States' rights were the legal foundation of the Confederacy. But the moral, economic, and social foundation of the Confederacy was the aforementioned subjugation of blacks. That's not to say that states' rights were not vitally important to the Confederate States--they were, and that probably helped them lose the war--but that the Confederacy was created to preserve the Southern way of life, their civilization if you will, which was based on the subjugation of blacks in all respects. States' rights were merely a justification of their continuation of that way of life.

Blue Talk04:21, 13 March 2011

It was only a part of their way of life, a part that would have ended. Slavery wouldn't have lasted long.

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz04:26, 13 March 2011

Please try to read what I wrote. Perhaps I should rewrite it at a seventh-grade reading level?

Blue Talk04:27, 13 March 2011

I did, are you happy now?

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz04:37, 13 March 2011

You: "It was only a part of their way of life, a part that would have ended."

Me: "What you specifically fail to realize is just how integral the institution of slavery was to Southern socioeconomics, and how the subjugation of blacks was not simply an economic policy but a societal necessity. The Confederacy, the culmination of the seceding states' effort at housing their society in a new government, is simply inextricable and inseparable from that subjugation. [...] the moral, economic, and social foundation of the Confederacy was the aforementioned subjugation of blacks. [...] States' rights were merely a justification of their continuation of that way of life."

Blue Talk04:41, 13 March 2011

You: "What you specifically fail to realize is just how integral the institution of slavery was to Southern socioeconomics, and how the subjugation of blacks was not simply an economic policy but a societal necessity. The Confederacy, the culmination of the seceding states' effort at housing their society in a new government, is simply inextricable and inseparable from that subjugation. [...] the moral, economic, and social foundation of the Confederacy was the aforementioned subjugation of blacks. [...] States' rights were merely a justification of their continuation of that way of life."

Me: "It was at the time needed, however needs changed. The South seemed just fine without the slaves. The problem is what Abe Lincoln did the South; that caused the real problem for the South.

If slavery was such a big part of Southern life than how come that only about 10% of Confederates owned slaves?"

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz04:45, 13 March 2011

Uh, because there were very few big plantation owners. Here's a quick summary of the Southern economy, and the relevant part: "Because large slaveholders owned most of the region’s slaves, wealth was more stratified than in the North. In the Deep South, the middle class held a relatively small proportion of the region’s property, while wealthy planters owned a very significant portion of the productive lands and slave labor. In 1850, 17 percent of the farming population held two-thirds of all acres in the rich cotton-growing regions of the South."

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)05:32, 13 March 2011
 

Nebby has addressed the 10% figure, so:

"The South seemed just fine without the slaves."

Yes, after decades of Reconstruction. The transition from a plantation-, agriculture-based economy did not happen overnight, and it never fully took place. Furthermore, even after slavery itself was eliminated, the status of blacks (and of course black plantation workers) did not change very much; blacks were very much still an underclass in the South, especially after the Union troops left in 1877 - this culminated in Jim Crow. Put simply, the South did fine after Reconstruction without the "slaves", but still relied upon blacks as an underclass.

"The problem is what Abe Lincoln did the South; that caused the real problem for the South."

Are you talking about stuff like wp:Sherman's March to the Sea? Reconstruction? You haven't described what this "problem" was.

Blue Talk00:39, 14 March 2011

Blue has answered this very, very well. I was going to say things along similar lines, but I'll cut it down to this:

You're right, the Union was racist, the CSA was racist. But we shouldn't judge historical characters by our standards, but their contemporary standards. What would now be considered homophobic would be considered perfectly normal. Would we say the Founding Fathers were homophobes? No.

But, in the context of that period, there can still be such a thing as a racist state. If a state if FORMED on the principle that one race can own another, when slavery has been illegal in Great Britain and the Northern United States for decades, and they're clinging onto their 'negroes,' then they are racist by contemporary standards.

I simply don't think the statement, "The CSA wasn't (mainly) racist," is a sensible one. Going back so far, when racism wasn't neccecarily viewed as a 'bad thing,' it still means something, and the CSA was the embodiment of that.

DalekEXTERMINATE02:51, 14 March 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Who said it was made by god? Also, I don't recall suggesting you have a Southern accent.

MtDPinko Scum04:00, 13 March 2011

No, but people put it up to perfect standards, when all governments are flawed. Also, the Southern accent part was joke. However, in reality somethings I can say with a Southern accent.

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz04:01, 13 March 2011
 

Everybody's a little bit racist sometimes

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)04:01, 13 March 2011

Well, ok. I don't really care for the Welsh. But I don't think I'd enslave them.

MtDPinko Scum04:05, 13 March 2011
 

True, I used to be racist. When I was I tried to stop it, however, it was hard because most of my bullies where brown(or Latino for those politically correct Nazis).

I thought Latinos had an African skin color, I thought there was only 2 skin-colors.

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz04:08, 13 March 2011

Really? You were bullied? Whodathunk it?

MtDPinko Scum04:15, 13 March 2011

I still get bullied, bullying is a big problem for me (sad face).

Colbert|FanFor the LuLz04:16, 13 March 2011