Steve wrote:I'm re-reading MacPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom", an illustrated version with pictures and paintings and insets and such with descriptive blurbs, and one point I found interesting reading was that MacPherson acknowledges that a lot of the commentary, letters, etc., of Southerners at the outset of the war were mostly cries of standing up for their "states' rights" and preventing Yankee invasions of their homeland. He then points out that for all of that talk, all of the hatred and rage and anger about "Black Republicans" spurred this sort of talk on, and their hatred of Republicans was because the Republicans were against letting slavery expand into the territories - the Southerners wanted a federal slave code governing territories, IOW, it would be automatically presumed that slavery was allowed in the territories unless the population of said territory wrote a state constitution forbidding it.
The fun thing about the territories making it forbidden in their state constitutions(which almost all of the ones in question were in the process of doing), the slavocrats were already setting up plans to ensure that those states wouldn't be able to do that using the Dred Scott case to claim that any such provision was illegal according to the precedent set in that ruling. As much as the southerns go about screaming about states rights they constantly did so denying those same rights against any other state if it didn't advance their own agendas. That's right according to the south, states only had rights as long as their [Gollem]precious[/Gollem] institution of slavery was left untouched and they were allowed to do anything they wanted with it and force everyone else to go along with it using the same Federal power they were claiming was about to wrong them.
The southern aristocrats were baldfaced bullies and whiny petulant assholes who were only willing to do anything as long as they were allowed to get away with murder. When it was fairly clear, in their eyes, that they weren't going to be able to do that they 'rebelled.' They are scum, they were always scum.