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  •  With the fugitive slave laws, (1+ / 0-)
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    the end of the Missouri Compromise, free labor became more abolitionist. Popular sovereignty didn't get slavery for Kansas. The Supreme Court tried to make slavery national in 1857. The Northern Whig partners to the 1850 compromise were replaced by a GOP dedicated to abolition fast track (Sumner) or some day (Lincoln). After Lincoln's election the slavemasters sought to protect assets long term. Sumner's senate speeches like Freedom National, Slavery Sectional; the Crime Against Kansas; and The Barbarism of Slavery are well worth reading and are still relevant.

    •  Excellent points (0+ / 0-)

      My argument was that, if federalism failed, it failed when the national political discourse became sectional -- when south and north spoke of each other as competing and separate interests. To some degree, that failure preceded the philosophy, as the populations and economic models were at severe variance.

      Secondly, I was arguing that we can certainly find politicians (in this case the losing part of the Republican Party, which narrowly outnumbered the Democratic Party in the election) who have the view, but we cannot find it as the causus belli. We all agree that slavery caused the war, just as capitalism caused the war: the historical clash between these two competitive (and inhumane) systems was enacted through political causes.

      [By the way, I'm not saying that, because they're both inhumane, they're equivalent. They're not. Chattel slavery is inarguably worse. However, laissez-faire capitalism is not the moral cause that abolition is, and it propelled a need/desire for open labor and markets. (If Marx is right and dialectics are at work in wars, then why would this war alone have Good vs. Evil?)]

      The South held important majorities at the outset of the war, which prevented a SCOTUS trial of the right to secede. This, along with an easy (very easy) appeal to a sense of separateness among the people made it possible to motivate poor whites, mountain dwellers, and Indians in the south against the "Yankees."

      We fail in federalism when we speak of regions as "Them." We fail in it now just as we did then. We fail softly in discourse and enable a harder failure later, I fear.

      Everyone is innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:28:50 AM PDT

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