For what it's worth, the Southern Confederate Constitution outlawed the importation of slaves from all areas except the Northern territories (and, contrary to Glenn Beck's attack saying that it didn't contain the Bill of Rights, the Confederate Constitution contained all 10 amendments---it was just embedded within it rather being "amendments" to the document...another lie from Mr. Beck).
Article I, Section 9, Clause 1, states:
"The importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same."
Whether or not the states seceded for the States' rights or slavery, or both, or doesn't change the fact that this clause seems to have been the key that would have ended slavery peacefully, essentially saying "when the North stops selling us slaves they get from Africa, we'll stop having them." Considering the Constitution forbade anyone in the Confederacy to import slaves from from anywhere but America, the only way that the South could get new slaves would be to buy them from the North.
So perhaps there's more to this than "it was 100% about slaves" and "it was 100% NOT about slaves!"
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