To refute the oft-repeated canard that the War for Southern Independence
(commonly but erroneously called "The Civil War") was fought over
slavery, I need only mention the Corwin Amendment -- proposed by Congressman
Thomas Corwin of Ohio, passed by Congress 2 March 1861, and endorsed by Abraham
Lincoln. That amendment read: "No amendment shall be made to the
Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or
interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including
that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."If the seceded States had wished to perpetuate slavery, they had only to
re-join the Union and ratify that amendment.They did not because
they seceded to escape an overweening, all-intrusive big government – the
same reason that thirteen States seceded from Britain in 1776, Mexico from Spain
in 1818, and Texas from Mexico in 1836.
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