Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
For example, the Texas succession statement calls out specific northern states for exercising their our states rights in these matters.
"The States of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa, by solemn legislative enactments, have deliberately, directly or indirectly violated the 3rd clause of the 2nd section of the 4th article [the fugitive slave clause] of the federal constitution, and laws passed in pursuance thereof; thereby annulling a material provision of the compact, designed by its framers to perpetuate the amity between the members of the confederacy and to secure the rights of the slave-holding States in their domestic institutions-- a provision founded in justice and wisdom, and without the enforcement of which the compact fails to accomplish the object of its creation. Some of those States have imposed high fines and degrading penalties upon any of their citizens or officers who may carry out in good faith that provision of the compact, or the federal laws enacted in accordance therewith."
Some would say the Confederacy fought against states rights (the rights of norther states) rather than for them.
B) Of course slavery was mentioned by the South as being one of their reasons for going to war. It was literally the crux of their entire economic system.
That does not, however, mean that it was ever the South's primary reason for going to war, nor that it is the only thing the flag stands for.
"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton
I like how this professor does like everyone else who rationalizes the South's attempt to retain slavery. It wasn't they wanted to hold onto people who they claimed as property and keep them inferior and subservient, but it was all about economics - taxes, tarriffs, profits. Property rights is never part of the rational because it would force such people to face the inhumanity of slavery. It's never about forced labor because it would force such people to again face the inhumanity of slavery. And it's never about how White slave masters or even Whites in the north kept Blacks under their thumb as it were, i.e., anti-slave laws, Jim Crow, etc., ensuring that Blacks even when freed could easily and unjustly be forced right back into bondage.
Taxes, tariffs, profits, property rights, lifestyle disruption in the south (and in the North to a lessor degree)...all used to justify an inhuman practice some of our Founding Fathers tried to abolish when this country was first broke from its mother stem. Twenty-five years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the issue of slavery was suppose to be placed back before Congress to debate. That never happened and as a result, Southern states used every excuse in the book to hold onto this despicable way of life. They held on so tight that well over a century later, we're still "fighting" about it today.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground