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?
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.
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.
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. or seats in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. 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.
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.
Please confirm this for yourselves:
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.
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.
James Dunwoody Brownson DeBow
Thomas C. Hindman
Laurence M. Keitt
William Porcher Miles
John A. Quitman
Nathaniel Beverley Tucker
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:
Back to our lovely and tolerant Democrats…
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.
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.
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.
Check it out:
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.
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:
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
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):
Southern Democrat – The states than became the Confederacy
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Republican – the states that represented the Union
- New York
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
Constitutional Unionist (Bell)
Northern Democratic (Douglas)
- 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.
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.
Totals are in “Yea–Nay” 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%).
The original House version:
- Democratic Party: 152–96 (61–39%)
- Republican Party: 138–34 (80–20%)
Cloture in the Senate:
- Democratic Party: 44–23 (66–34%)
- Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
The Senate version:
- Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
- Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
The Senate version, voted on by the House:
- 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?
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.