Virginia's Attitude Toward Slavery and Secession

Virginia's Attitude Toward Slavery and Secession

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"[...]years of desperate war, he declared to the representatives of President Lincoln: - "We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for independence.... Say to Mr. Lincoln for me that I shall at any time be pleased to receive proposals for peace, on the basis of our independence. It will be useless to approach me with any other."[1] That the people of America in the nineteenth century of the Christian era should have resorted to war in order to settle questions of constitutional and moral right must forever constitute an impeachment of the capacity for self-government and the ethical standards of the men responsible for its occurrence. The charge that the people of twenty-three states in four of which slavery was legalized arose in arms against their fellow-citizens of the remaining eleven and, despite the constitutional safeguards with which the institution in the latter[...]."
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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 376g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507535589
  • 9781507535585