Common Views of Secession/States Rights

jgoodguy

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"The lack of precision used in equating the war, slavery, and secession, serves an important purpose for modern anti-secessionists. Their knee-jerk opposition to any form of decentralization or locally-based democracy impels them to equate secession itself with slavery, even though secession can be motivated by any number of reasons. After all, secession was the preferred strategy of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison who as early as 1844 began preaching the slogan "No union with slaveholders!" In Garrison's mind, the North ought to secede in order to free northerners from the burdens of the fugitive slave acts, and to offer safe haven to escaping slaves."
I'm getting a bit pissy about the rhetoric without evidence. So what if some piss ant editor wanted something, piss ant editors are always wanting something.
 

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In the second quote, he talks about Garrison supporting secession. I would like a more informed historian's opinion about that.

We could bring an uncalculable number of nut-bars into this conversation, from both sides, if we lift or lower the cherry-picker.

Opps, gotta check my hydraulic fluid...
 

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We could bring an uncalculable number of nut-bars into this conversation, from both sides, if we lift or lower the cherry-picker.

Opps, gotta check my hydraulic fluid...
I am not sure why Garrison's opinion matters. He had no input into policy matters and abolitionists had little influence with the new GOP.
 

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Abolitionists and their supposed influence is a lost cause myth. Mostly used by the antebellum secessionists to help create the furor which led down the road to Sumter.
 

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Abolitionists and their supposed influence is a lost cause myth. Mostly used by the antebellum secessionists to help create the furor which led down the road to Sumter.
Call it but the abolitionists had feet of clay tactics.
 
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