The Alleged Pro-Slavery Republican South

Manacles

In every election year social media like Facebook and MSNBC come alive with the usual rabid remarks from people decrying the injustices of history which they’ve never bothered to read.

Over-emotional zealots damage the genuine national dialog and muddy the clear waters for reason by their ignorant rants, threats and calls for violence.

The usual suspects are far too well known for me to add any further blame to them.

As for me, I can be pretty blunt sometimes. I am actually very tutorial and soft-spoken until I am confronted with sheer, inexcusable, agenda-advancing deceit. Then I go into fight mode.

So now understand for the rest of this blog I am in fight mode. I will be blunt and I will be condescending because if you share the opinion that the South was a bunch of Republican “slave states” then you have proven you don’t read books, you despise history, and are comfortable peddling lies in defense of your deranged world view.

I hope this blog hurts your feelings. I hope this blog challenges your liberalism. I hope it makes you so mad you go and check every fact for yourself. Lastly, I hope you have the courage to learn something from it.

Here we go…

The anti-republican quote:  “You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.”

Again, this person has never read American history. He has obviously never studied slavery or the Civil War.

People like the crackpot who made this claim infest ever corner of Facebook—many for the Far Right, but most for the Far Left.

Remember: to the ignorant man knowledge is useless. Further, it must be a casualty.

The statement I am addressing was made by a very Far Left imbecile, and is an excellent example demonstrating the liberal need to control education. Remember, if you can control education you can control what you teach children. This empowers the modern liberal to indoctrinate children into false ideas and identities.

Allow me to resolve this matter.

You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.” Everybody remember RED = REPUBLICAN and BLUE = DEMOCRAT on the pretty electoral map he used in his Facebook post. I am not linking to his Facebook post because it has not passed a single credibility test to date. Now, what is so special about the map this person is using? You can’t see this map but it is an electoral map of the United States: all blue (Democrat) on the top and East Coast and all red (Republican) in the South.

So what’s wrong with this map? I’ll tell you—it is a 2012 map.

Can any of you guess what the map looked like during the American Civil War (1860) in which all these wicked Republican slave states existed?

Anyone?

Well, since all you obedient Liberals don’t read history let me give you some background on both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party on the issue of slavery and leading up to the Civil War.

The Republican Party

I am going to reference Wikipedia.org on this topic for two reasons: 1) Everyone is familiar with Wikipedia so I’ll use it for the purpose of exhuming some facts; and 2) and Wikipedia is famously liberal so I have no advantage with its information.

It [The Republican Party] began as a coalition of anti-slavery “Conscience Whigs” and Free Soil Democrats opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Act (which could expand slavery into the West) submitted to Congress by Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas in January 1854. The Act opened Kansas Territory and Nebraska Territory to slavery and future admission as slave states, thus implicitly repealing the prohibition on slavery in territory north of 36° 30′ latitude, which had been part of the Missouri Compromise. This change was viewed by Free-Soil and Abolitionist Northerners as an aggressive, expansionist maneuver by the slave-owning South.

The Act was supported by all Southerners (Democrats) and by Northern “Doughface” (pro-Southern) Democrats, and by still other northern Democrats persuaded by Douglas’ doctrine of “popular sovereignty”. In the North the old Whig party was almost defunct. The opponents were intensely motivated and began forming a new party.[1]

The new party went well beyond the issue of slavery in the territories. It envisioned modernizing the United States — emphasizing giving free western land to farmers (“free soil”) as opposed to letting slave owners buy up the best lands, expanded banking, more railroads, and factories. They vigorously argued that free-market labor was superior to slavery and the very foundation of civic virtue and true republicanism – this is the “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men” ideology.[1]

The Republicans absorbed the previous traditions of its members, most of whom had been Whigs; others had been Democrats or members of third parties (especially the Free Soil Party and the American Party or Know Nothings). Many Democrats who joined up were rewarded with governorships.[2] or seats in the U.S. Senate[3] or House of Representatives.[4] Since its inception, its chief opposition has been the Democratic Party, but the amount of flow back and forth of prominent politicians between the two parties was quite high from 1854 to 1896.

Historians have explored the ethno-cultural foundations of the party, along the line that ethnic and religious groups set the moral standards for their members, who then carried those standards into politics. The churches also provided social networks that politicians used to sign up voters. The pietistic churches emphasized the duty of the Christian to purge sin from society. Sin took many forms—alcoholism, polygamy and slavery became special targets for the Republicans.[5]

The Yankees, who dominated New England, much of upstate New York, and much of the upper Midwest were the strongest supporters of the new party. This was especially true for the pietistic Congregationalists and Presbyterians among them and (during the war), the Methodists, along with Scandinavian Lutherans. The Quakers were a small tight-knit group that was heavily Republican. The liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Episcopal, German Lutheran), by contrast, largely rejected the moralism of the Republican Party; most of their adherents voted Democratic.[5]

Please confirm this for yourselves:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Republican_Party

Some interesting facts there on the Republicans. But what about the Democratic Party leading up to the Civil War you ask?

The Democratic Party was unable to compete with the Republican Party, which controlled nearly all northern states by 1860, bringing a solid majority in the Electoral College. The Republicans claimed that the northern Democrats, including Doughfaces such as Pierce and Buchanan, and advocates of popular sovereignty such as Stephen A. Douglas and Lewis Cass, were all accomplices to Slave Power. The Republicans argued that slaveholders had seized control of the federal government and were blocking the progress of liberty.[16]

 In 1860 the Democrats were unable to stop the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln, even as they feared his election would lead to the Civil War. The Democrats split over the choice of a successor to President Buchanan along Northern and Southern lines; factions of the party provided two separate candidacies for President in the election of 1860, in which the Republican Party gained ascendancy.

Southern Democrats, after some delegates followed the lead of the Fire-Eaters by walking out of the Democratic convention at Charleston‘s Institute Hall in April 1860, and were subsequently joined by those who, once again led by the Fire-Eaters, left the Baltimore Convention the following June when the convention would not adopt a resolution supporting extending slavery into territories whose voters did not want it, nominated the pro-slavery incumbent Vice-President, John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky, for President and General Joseph Lane, former Governor of Oregon, for Vice President.

The Fire Eaters? Interesting name. Who were they?

In United States history, the term Fire-Eaters refers to a group of extremist pro-slavery politicians from the South who urged the separation of southern states into a new nation, which became known as the Confederate States of America.

  • William Barksdale
  • James Dunwoody Brownson DeBow
  • Thomas C. Hindman
  • Laurence M. Keitt
  • William Porcher Miles
  • John A. Quitman
  • Robert Rhett
  • Edmund Ruffin
  • Nathaniel Beverley Tucker
  • Louis Wigfall
  • William Lowndes Yancey

All of them were pro-slavery secessionists. Oh, and they were all Democrats.

Nobody knows exactly what Edmund Ruffin was, other than cruel.

Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire-Eaters

Back to our lovely and tolerant Democrats…

During the Civil War, Northern Democrats divided into two factions, the War Democrats, who supported the military policies of President Lincoln, and the Copperheads, who strongly opposed them.

During the Civil War, no party politics were allowed in the Confederacy, whose political leadership, mindful of the welter prevalent in antebellum American politics and with a pressing need for unity, largely viewed political parties as inimical to good governance and as being especially unwise in wartime. Consequently, the Confederacy had none, or at least none with the wide organization inherent to other American parties.[17]

Partisanship flourished in the North and strengthened the Lincoln Administration as Republicans automatically rallied behind it. After the attack on Ft. Sumter, Douglas rallied northern Democrats behind the Union, but when Douglas died, the party lacked an outstanding figure in the North, and by 1862 an anti-war peace element was gaining strength. The most intense anti-war elements were the Copperheads.[18]

The Democratic Party did well in the 1862 congressional elections, but in 1864 it nominated General George McClellan, a War Democrat, on a peace platform, and lost badly because many War Democrats bolted to National Union candidate Abraham Lincoln.[19]

Check it out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Democratic_Party

The Confederacy

Do you see the section above that I underlined about how there were no political parties allowed in the Confederacy? See that? How unusual: no rival parties were tolerated. I wonder who would be so totalitarian in their government? Any guesses?

Let’s find out. Some quick set up on the Confederacy:

The Confederate Constitution of seven state signatories: South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas, formed a “permanent federal government” in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1861. In response to a call by U. S. President Abraham Lincoln for troops from each state to recapture Sumter and other lost federal properties in the South, four additional slave-holding states: Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina, declared their secession and joined the Confederacy. Missouri and Kentucky were represented by partisan factions from those states. Also aligned with the Confederacy were the Five Civilized Tribes and a new Confederate Territory of Arizona. Efforts to secede in Maryland were halted by martial law, while Delaware, though of divided loyalty, did not attempt it. A Unionist government in western parts of Virginia organized the new state of West Virginia which was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

The Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia had an uneasy relationship with its member states because of issues related to control of manpower, although the South mobilized nearly its entire white male population for war.[3]

Oh, that wretched Confederacy! That wicked, wicked, wicked Republican Confederacy!

They were all Republicans—right? Those secessionists? Those cruel slave traders?

Well, let’s look at that. The states that seceded at first were: South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

Afterwards, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina seceded.

Let’s see how many Republicans were in these wicked, pro-slavery, secessionist, no-rival-party-tolerated, red states:

South Carolina 

State: Democrat
Seceded: December 20, 1860

Governor at Secession: Francis Wilkinson Pickens (1860-1862) – Democrat

As an excerpt here is a 10-year Pre-Civil War list of Governors of South Carolina:

John H. Means                  1850-52                Killed in action at the Battle of 2nd Manassas
John L. Manning              1852-54                Manning, SC named for Governor Manning
James H. Adams               1854-56                Signed the Ordinance of Secession in 1860
R.F.W. Allston                   1856-58                Won medal at Paris Exposition for rice cultivation
William H. Gist                 1858-60                South Carolina’s ”Secession Governor”
Francis W. Pickens           1860-62                Governor when Civil War began
Milledge L. Bonham        1862-64                Confederate general; brother of Alamo hero James Bonham
A.G. Magrath                     1864-65                Last Confederate Governor

All Democrats.

All governors of South Carolina from 1828 to 1965 were pro-slavery Democrats.
All governors of South Carolina from 1876 to 1971 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats.

All Governors of South Carolina:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_South_Carolina



Mississippi

State: Democrat
Seceded: January 9, 1861

Governor at Secession: John J. Pettus (1859-1863) – Democrat

All governors of Mississippi from 1825 to 1868 were pro-slavery Democrats.
All governors of Mississippi from 1876 to 1992 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats

All Governors of Mississippi:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Mississippi



Florida                                 

State: Democrat
Seceded: January 10, 1861

Governor at Secession: Madison S. Perry (1857-1861) – Democrat

Another excerpt, administration at Secession:

Lt. Governor                      Abraham K. Allison          Democrat
Senator                               James McNair Baker       Democrat
Senator                               Augustus Maxwell           Democrat

All governors of Florida from 1845 to 1868 were pro-slavery Democrats.
All governors of Florida from 1877 to 1999 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats (-2 exceptions)

All Governors of Florida:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Florida



Alabama

State: Democrat
Seceded: January 11, 1861

Governor at Secession: Andrew B. Moore (1857-1861) – Democrat

All governors of Alabama from 1825 to 1868 were pro-slavery Democrats.
All governors of Alabama from 1874 to 1993 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats

All Governors of Alabama:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_governors_of_alabama

Remember that nasty confrontation on segregation in September 1963 when Alabama Governor George Wallace tried to prevent four black students attending elementary school in Huntsville, Alabama?

Yeah, well. Guess what—George Wallace was a Democrat. He’s the guy who called Martin Luther King a “pro-communist” by the way.



Georgia

State: Democrat
Seceded: January 19, 1861

Governor at Secession: Joseph E. Brown (1857-1865) – Democrat

All governors of Georgia from 1831 to 1868 were pro-slavery Democrats (a Whig or two besides)
All governors of Georgia from 1872 to 2003 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats

All Governors of Georgia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Georgia



Louisiana

State: Democrat

Seceded: January 26, 1861

Governor at Secession: Thomas Overton Moore (1860-1862) – Democrat

All governors of Louisiana from 1843 to 1865 were pro-slavery Democrats (a Whig or two besides)
All governors of Louisiana from 1877 to 1972 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats

All Governors of Louisiana:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Louisiana



Texas

State: Democrat
Seceded: February 1, 1861

Governor at Secession: Sam Houston (1859-1861) – Independent

All governors of Texas from 1846 to 1867 were pro-slavery Democrats (-2 exceptions)
All governors of Texas from 1874 to 1991 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats (-2 exceptions)

All Governors of Texas:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Texas



Virginia

State: Democrat
Seceded: April 17, 1861

Governor at Secession: John Letcher (1860-1864) – Democrat

All governors of Virginia from 1843 to 1865 were pro-slavery Democrats
All governors of Virginia from 1869 to 1966 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats

All Governors of Virginia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_governors_of_virginia



Arkansas

State: Democrat
Seceded: May 6, 1861

Governor at Secession: Henry Massey Rector (1860-1862) – Democrat

All governors of Arkansas from 1836 to 1864 were pro-slavery Democrats
All governors of Arkansas from 1871 to 1971 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats (-3 exceptions)

All Governors of Arkansas:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Arkansas



Tennessee

State: Democrat
Seceded: May 7, 1861

Governor at Secession: Isham G. Harris (1857-1862) – Democrat

All governors of Tennessee from 1829 to 1862 were pro-slavery Democrats  (-4 Whigs)
All governors of Tennessee from 1877 to 2009 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats (-3 exceptions)

All Governors of Tennessee:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Tennessee



North Carolina

State: Democrat
Seceded: May 20, 1861

Governor at Secession: Henry Toole Clark (1861-1862) – Democrat

All governors of North Carolina from 1828 to 1865 were pro-slavery Democrats  (-7 exceptions)
All governors of North Carolina from 1874 to 2007 (Civil Rights Movement 1950-1968) were Democrats (-3 exceptions)

All Governors of North Carolina:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_North_Carolina


Republican slave states, right?

Let’s look at an electoral map of the 1860 during the presidential election of Abraham Lincoln (Republican) and Breckinridge (Southern Democrat):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Election_of_1860

Southern Democrat – The states than became the Confederacy

  1. Texas
  2. Arkansas
  3. Louisiana
  4. Mississippi
  5. Alabama
  6. Georgia
  7. Florida
  8. South Carolina
  9. North Carolina
  10. Maryland
  11. Delaware

Republican – the states that represented the Union

  1. Oregon
  2. California
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Michigan
  7. Illinois
  8. Indiana
  9. Ohio
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. New York
  12. Vermont
  13. New Hampshire
  14. Maine
  15. Massachussetts
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Connecticut

Constitutional Unionist (Bell)

  1. Tennessee
  2. Kentucky
  3. Virginia

Northern Democratic (Douglas)

  1. Missouri
  2. New Jersey

High Offices of the Confederacy

President of the Confederacy: Jefferson Davis (Democrat)
Vice President of the Confederacy: Alexander Stephens (after 1855 voted with Democrats)

Other Confederacy Guys

William Yancy  (Democrat)
John C. Calhoun (Democrat)

Again, don’t take my word for it. Go read it for yourself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_States_of_America

So, tell me: where are the Republicans?

The Republicans were the guys who came down and freed the slaves from the pro-slavery Southern Democrats.

So the next time some deluded liberal or shrill Democrat is brazen enough to chide you for your Conservative (presumably Republican) participation in slavery, remind him it was his party—the Democratic party (sans the minority of northern War Democrats) that—1) resisted Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president and his party at large, to free the slaves; and 2) persecuted the African-American community well into the 1970’s until they were voted out in sweeping Southern regional Republican upsets.

What astounds me is how many of my African-American friends still believe their party-for-life, the Democratic Party, had no hand in their abuses which they lay enitrely at the feet of the very party that freed them.  You would do well to read that sentence again.

Moreover if you look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (Southern Democrat) passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 banning segregation nationally you will find a greater percentage of the Republican House Representatives and Senators were for it that the Democrats.

Vote totals:

Totals are in “YeaNay” format:

  • The original House version: 290–130   (69–31%).
  • Cloture in the Senate: 71–29   (71–29%).
  • The Senate version: 73–27   (73–27%).
  • The Senate version, as voted on by the House: 289–126   (70–30%).

By party

The original House version:[16]

  • Democratic Party: 152–96   (61–39%)
  • Republican Party: 138–34   (80–20%)

Cloture in the Senate:[17]

  • Democratic Party: 44–23   (66–34%)
  • Republican Party: 27–6   (82–18%)

The Senate version:[16]

  • Democratic Party: 46–21   (69–31%)
  • Republican Party: 27–6   (82–18%)

The Senate version, voted on by the House:[16]

  • Democratic Party: 153–91   (63–37%)
  • Republican Party: 136–35   (80–20%)

What do the above numbers reveal? That in the 1) original version; 2) cloture in the Senate, 3) the Senate, and 4) the Senate version voted on by House, Republicans were for the Civil Rights Act more than Democrats were at every phase.

By party and region

Note: “Southern”, as used in this section, refers to members of Congress from the eleven states that made up the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. “Northern” refers to members from the other 39 states, regardless of the geographic location of those states.

The original House version:

  • Southern Democrats: 7–87   (7–93%)
  • Southern Republicans: 0–10   (0–100%)
  • Northern Democrats: 145–9   (94–6%)
  • Northern Republicans: 138–24   (85–15%)

The Senate version:

  • Southern Democrats: 1–20   (5–95%)
  • Southern Republicans: 0–1   (0–100%)
  • Northern Democrats: 45–1   (98–2%)
  • Northern Republicans: 27–5   (84–16%)

The higher numbers for the resistance to integration by Southern Republicans and Democrats is a direct reflection of lingering pro-slavery pre/post-Civil War Democratic sentiment. Can the leopard change it spots?

In Summary

There were heroes and monsters on both sides of the American Civil War both ideologically, culturally and militarily; nonetheless, it is incontrovertible that there has been a successful whitewashing of the Democratic past and a tarnishing of the Republican Party’s pivotal role in the abolishing of slavery and the long-awaited integration of our African-American brothers and sisters (and other minorities) into the American fabric.

This post is directly solely at the charge of alleged Republican slave states, which obviously did not exist.

It is entirely fitting that the Democratic party has learned from his grievous past and led the charge for equality on many fronts in the decades since (though in many instances to in extremis and ad absurdum—there should be no special rights only equal rights) as it has the lion’s share of abuses for which it must repent. Nonetheless, racism exists in the heart and mind of Man and it is there it must be rooted up and thrown into the fire with the rest of history’s failed propositions.

Everyone wants to gild their past, but only by looking at ourselves honestly across all spectrums can we learn from our mistakes, move forward and gild not only the present but the future.

History makes liars of most men “for it is the doom of Men that they forget” (Merlin).

Know what happened and why.

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How to Live

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

The Real Reason

It is interesting when someone alleges you don’t like them because they are Latino, Black, gay, disabled, liberal, conservative, unaccomplished, over-achieving, foreign, from the East or West Coast, or whatever other self-appointed super-exclusive minority they’ve claimed for themselves…

it never occurs to these people maybe the real reason actually stems from them being misinformed, petty, passive-aggressive, selfish, deceitful, overly sensitive, insecure, arrogant, drama queens who lie, steal and exaggerate as a matter of course.

That’s closer to the truth in my experience.