Confederate flags: why the South really went to war

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 On our 245th celebration of America's Independence Day, I put aside politics for the …

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Why Texas ceded from the Union (1861)

"... maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race... and which her people intended should exist in all future time.... that the servitude of the African race... is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of …

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Why Georgia ceded from the Union (1861)

".... The Constitution declares that persons charged with crimes in one State and fleeing to another shall be delivered up... to be tried in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed.... the Constitution requires them to surrender fugitives from labor. This provision and the one last referred to were our main inducements for confederating with the Northern States. Without …

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Why South Carolina ceded from the Union (1861)

".... The right of property in slaves was recognized by giving to free persons distinct political rights, by giving them the right to represent, and burthening them with direct taxes for three-fifths of their slaves; by authorizing the importation of slaves for twenty years; and by stipulating for the rendition of fugitives from labor...." Source: …

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Why Mississippi ceded from the Union (1861)

"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world....and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.... There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union...." Source: Confederate States of America - Mississippi Secession. …

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