Lincoln: Slavery, State’s Rights, and Civil WarSubmitted by onesquarelight on Sat, 01/25/2014 - 19:10
Lysander Spooner: No Treason
The pretense that the “abolition of slavery” was either a motive or justification for the war, is a fraud of the same character with that of “maintaining the national honor.” Who, but such usurpers, robbers, and murderers as they, ever established slavery? Or what government, except one resting upon the sword, like the one we now have, was ever capable of maintaining slavery? And why did these men abolish slavery? Not from any love of liberty in general — not as an act of justice to the black man himself, but only “as a war measure,” and because they wanted his assistance, and that of his friends, in carrying on the war they had undertaken for maintaining and intensifying that political, commercial, and industrial slavery, to which they have subjected the great body of the people, both black and white. And yet these imposters now cry out that they have abolished the chattel slavery of the black man — although that was not the motive of the war — as if they thought they could thereby conceal, atone for, or justify that other slavery which they were fighting to perpetuate, and to render more rigorous and inexorable than it ever was before. There was no difference of principle — but only of degree — between the slavery they boast they have abolished, and the slavery they were fighting to preserve; for all restraints upon men’s natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ >from each other only in degree.
I’ve recently spent some time researching Lincoln’s views on slavery and secession in an attempt to understand what really drove eleven states to dissolve their affiliation with the United States of America and the subsequent War of the States that claimed the lives of over 600,000 people.
I've put together a bunch of research on the subject here:
Lincoln: Slavery, State’s Rights, and Civil War