Yes…I Believe They Mentioned Slavery
There has been a lot of hullabaloo over at Kevin Levin’s Civil War Memory concerning a recently discovered secession document. We are familiar with other secession papers – those that discuss in explicit detail the threat to the institution of slavery. Well, this document from Florida is consistent on the slavery position…and it has stirred up a fuss.
I would like to direct you to both the posts and especially the comment threads following. Click HERE for the January 10th entry discussing Florida’s Declaration of Causes and HERE for the January 11th follow up piece featuring a video by historian Dwight T. Pitcaithley discussing Florida’s secession.
I am intrigued by those who insist that this document (and others like them) are presented “out of context” and that southern states were not seceding to defend slavery. I am more than a little interested in what context they are thinking of.
So – if any of you out there can specify exactly what the southern states thought was more important to protect than slavery please do so. And if you say “their rights” you get a C-. I want to know what “rights” (from a white southern perspective) trumped the right to own slaves and why they would go to war to protect them. You can give me the top three…that would do just fine. Anyone who writes me off as a “revisionist” gets a D. I like to go straight to the source and let the secessionists do the talking when it comes to cause.