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 Posted: Thu Apr 9th, 2009 11:18 pm
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That proposed amendment passed the House, but died in the Senate. As it was designed as a way to placate the South on slavery, preventing further secessions and to bring those that had back into the fold, I don't see how it contradicts Doc C's point about slavery. If a constitutional amendment designed to protect slavery was proposed to head off secession and restore union, then it serves that the bone of contention between the sections was slavery itself.

Your other selections seem to mirror an argument that I see a number of people make. Since initial Union war aims were not directed towards aboloshing or interfering with slavery, then slavery could have had nothing to do with the war. The problem with such as an argument is that ignores the Confederacy and it's reasonings behind secession and war, while placing the blame for agression on the North.

Lincoln's famous letter to Greeley is interesting. At the very time he was writing it a draft of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was sitting in his desk. While saying one thing to Greeley, he was simulatneously preparing quite a different course of action behind the scenes.

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