Monday, June 18, 2012
Now we ask ourselves, was secession legal? On July 4, 1776, 13 British colonies announced their secession from Great Britain, declaring: "Governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends (These ends being: "To assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of natures God entitles them...") it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government..." and in the closing paragraph the signers declare that the colonies are "free and independent states". Note the the United States of America were not formed into a single, national state, but a confederation of independent and sovereign states. While the Declaration of Independence is of immense importance as a founding document, it is the Constitution of 1787 and the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791, that are the official founding documents by which our Republic was founded. The Constitution was made official by the approval of the people of each state, by convention and it is important to understand that the states did not surrender their sovereign rights to the United States government. Only limited governmental powers were delegated to the federal government and every state reserved the right to withdraw those powers, and the 9th and 10th amendments were added to guarantee the sovereignty of the states. in essence the Constitution was a contract between the states and the federal government, acting as their delegate. Thus it is the option of the state, not the federal government, whether a state shall remain in the Union or withdraw. The New England states threatened secession 5 times before the Civil War : in 1803, due to fear that the Louisiana purchase would dilute their political powers. In 1807, because the Embargo Act was unfavorable to their commerce. In 1812 over the admission of Louisiana as a state. In 1814 because of the war of 1812 and again in 1814 over the annexation of Texas. As early as 1825 secession was taught in the text books at West Point and was accepted as an undeniable, constitutional right of each state. The right of secession was very well stated by none other than congressman Abraham Lincoln in 1848: "Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and a form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable and most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world". The great issues of liberty or union and of states rights or centralized federal power, would culminate in the secession crisis of 1860 and 1861, followed by 4 years of terrible war. In the words of John C. Calhoun, vice-president under Andrew Jackson, and native South Carolinian: "Our Union, next to our liberty, most dear. May we all remember that it (the union) can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the states and by distributing equally the benefits and burdens of the Union."
Friday, June 15, 2012
What exactly is the first 13th amendment? This amendment was one that guaranteed that the government would not and could not interfere in issues of domestic institutions within the state. This amendment had passed through congress and the senate and was only awaiting state approval to be sent to the newly elected president, Abraham Lincoln, who openly approved this amendment. If the amendment was passed it would guarantee slavery forever however, after the firing on Fort Sumter the first 13th amendment was cancelled by Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers to invade the South. So, how is it that the "Pious Northerners" who invaded the "Wicked, Racist South" were for an amendment that was pro-slavery? well once again we see that slavery was not the issue of the "Civil War". Lincoln himself said :"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and it is not either to destroy or save slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it...". But why did the North want to "save the Union"? Simply because 90% of the industrial North's revenues came through the agricultural South, through high taxes and tariffs such as the Morril tariff, which impoverished the South. This war wasn't a "Civil War", for the South it was a war for Southern independence from a tyrannical and unequal Union and for the North it was a war to prevent Southern independence because if the South seceded it would cause an economic collapse in the North and economic prosperity for the South. And so we see that if slavery had been the issue the South would not have seceded as the 13th amendment would have assured them the solution on that score. So the first 13th amendment provides shattering, documentary evidence against the cherished belief of a pious invasion to free the slaves.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Since we now know that slavery was not the crux of the war, we ask, what was? The fact is that the real cause of the Un-Civil War was the unjust taxation of the South by the North ("Taxation without representation" sound familiar?). The industrial North controlled the federal government and used their power to further their greedy, selfish, power hungry ends. The North raised tariffs on imports from and average of below 20% to a whopping 47% causing an economic boom in the North and economic hardship in the South. Due to the high tariffs the export rate dropped 25% in South Carolina alone. The South tried to plead their cause but the North would not listen and said all Southern "dissenters and rebels" should be "rounded up and hanged" (quotes from Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, Pennsylvania iron manufacturer and radical abolitionist). After failed attempts at diplomacy, the South decided to secede from an unequal and tyrannical union and at first the North said the South could secede, but after seeing how much their profits would drop without the southern states, they went up in arms to "save the Union" which was really save their pocket books.
We are taught that the "Civil War" was fought over the issue of slavery and that the "Noble North gallantly fought to free slaves and preserve the Union". However this is very far from the truth. The Issue of slavery didn't even come into the picture until 19 months into the war, but the North needed a moral reason to justify their invasion of the South, so they grasped at slavery and presented the South as "racist, biased bigots". The truth is that many of the Southerners didn't have slaves and those who did were not against the idea of freeing them, they only fought for their right to make that decision themselves. Northerners freed their slaves because they thought of them as an inferior race and didn't want them near them, and they went so far as to enforce bans to keep Blacks out of their states ( which is why the underground railroad led to Canada, not to Northern states). The North invaded the South because of the high revenues they got from the South through high taxes and tariffs, so it was a greedy, selfish cause that motivated the North. But of course that was kept undercover and a cause was made up to justify their war. And even during the time of "Reconstruction", the North harassed the south for their "rebellions", stripping Southerners of their Constitutional right as U.S. Citizens and forbidding them to vote. But all of this was hushed up through politically correct history, indoctrination, and Northern propaganda.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
**Please note, the titles of my entries are from the sections in "The Un-Civil War" but the actual articles are my own work**
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
So before delving into the Civil War I thought it would be wise to give a bit of my background and the events that inspired the creating of this blog. I come from a hispanic family, my dad being from Ecuador and my mother from Cuba, and was born here in SC. Growing up, the Civil War was one of my least favorite parts of history as I just couldn't understand why such great men as Jackson and Lee could be in favor of slavery, that the Southerners wanted to destroy the Union etc.etc.etc. At the begginning of the past school year my mother assigned me a 20 page project on the Civil War based on the book "The Un-Civil War" by Mike Scruggs. Needless to say I wasn't too thrilled but after studying around for a bit I was amazed to start learning the real facts about the War and the 20 page project grew into a 49 page project with 6 mini biographies, a Fort Sumter timeline, a Major Battle Chart and quite a bit more. I was thrilled learning all this information and wanted to share it with everyone I encountered and after talking non-stop about my studies to a friend, the idea of creating a blog on which to post my findings popped up and thus this new blog was made. I'm thrilled to be able to write and get the truth out to people and hope y'all enjoy reading my Civil War reports.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Hello and welcome to A Southern Gal's Heritage! The purpose of this blog is to encourage people everywhere to learn the truth about their history and heritage and embrace the legacys that our forefathers have left us. In particular, this blog is to encourage Southerners to discover the real facts of the Civil War and the many causes that sparked of this long and bloody war. We live in an age where education is completely controlled by Government and a generation is growing up with nothing but a politically correct, whitewashed version of "History" which is full of falsehoods and misrepresentations. We have such an amazing history in the South if only we take the time to find it out and I pray that y'all would be encouraged to continue reading my posts and to dig in and find out the truth behind The War for Southern Independence. Now I'd like to clarify that though I am a die hard Southerner, I know that God is ultimately in control and it was in His providence that the South lost the war. I'm glad the Union was preserved for us younger generations, I love the USA and am proud to be an American and only wish to present the true facts of the War from an accurate, historical, and christian perspective so that we might learn to appreciate and be proud of the legacies of our Southern Heroes and the sacrifices they made for us.