It looks like The American Conservative Magazine has a Neo-confederate, an actual 21st Century Lost Causer, on the payroll. And according to the internets, a Mr. Jack Hunter has taken the time to ridicule a Rachael Maddow segment discussing the 150th anniversary of the civil war and push 21st Century Lost Cause Ideology at the same time. This ideology is an attempt to redirect the narrative of the civil war from slavery to other reasons.
We should debunk this 21st Century Lost Cause Ideology - a struggle between “Decentralists” against Centralists. I am not making this up. Its 110% grade A pure winguttery right form the internets.
One of the myths lost causers push to move the civil war narrative away from slavery is that the Southern States seceded from the
Slavery was the cause of Secession. It is not a coincidence that the seven states producing the most cotton, sugar, tobacco, rice for international commerce seceded first. The men in the secession conventions who debated and voted to secede from the
And it shows from the periodicals of the time.
Take this passage from a Richmond Newspaper, published in December 1860 just prior to
A constitutional Monarchy.
--A correspondent of the Columbus (
) Times advocates that the proposed Southern Confederacy shall be organized as a "Constitutional Monarchy." Republicanism, he thinks, has been tried and found wanting, and the only safety of the South is in a "strong government." A correspondent of the Enquirer, published at the same place, thinks that if the South wants a King, it should "get a descendant of George the Third." Mr. Bartow, a secession leader in Ga. , advocates a "strong, consolidated government," and the abolition of all State governments in the Southern Confederacy. --"Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind." Georgia
A “Strong Government,” “the abolition of State Governments,” a constitutional monarchy under descendant of King George III are all proposed for the future governance of the Confederacy.
Want of a “strong government” or of a strong federal role to protect the Peculiar Institution of Slavery was not uncommon in many parts of the Southern States. The fear of slave revolts was one reason. Extension of the institution of slavery outside the Southern States and into the territories and beyond was another reason. The want of a FEDERAL slave code that would be enforced by the FEDERAL government was another. The common denominator was always Slavery. Without the want to extend slavery, do you think the folks from Georgia would be pining to be ruled by a king?
If one were to look at the South Carolina declaration of secession, you would see that one of the reasons used to justify secession was outrage over the lack of enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act in the Northern States. The declaration lists the states that representatives from
Another example of the lameness of the Loss Cause Myth can be found by read the various Compromise measures debated in the lead up to secession. These compromise measures typically proposed increasing FEDERAL power in order to protect property interests in Slavery to calm the fears of secession advocates.
The war started because slavery folks. That’s just the way it was. But you don’t have to take my word. Just ask Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens what the Confederacy was about. He’ll tell you:
Those ideas [from the Declaration of Independence], however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the idea of a Government built upon it, when the 'storm came and the wind blew, it fell.'
Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man. That Slavery, -- subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
Ask Stephen H. Hale, Alabama Secession Commissioner sent to
And when you go back and read the periodicals of the times, you usually find that slavery, the extension of slavery and the economics of slavery were the motivations of the proponents of secession. Maybe there is also something in the literature about the arcane “centralization vs. decentralization” struggle, but I haven’t seen it. Probably because that theme would conflict with the rationale I provided above.
Those were the reasons they gave. And this 21st Century Lost Cause non-sense needs to be nipped in the bud and sent to a course of ultimate extinction.