When Virginia asked for commissioner to come to Washington, Michigan said concessions and compromise are not to be entertained or offered to traitors

Philip Leigh

formerly Harvey Johnson
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The South, who started the war, declared it was all about slavery. The Union, reacting to a rebellion, didn't have any say as to what the war was "about."
Nonsense. The North could have let the seven cotton states secede in peace. They chose instead to coerce the cotton states back into the Union thereby starting the war.

You and I always disagree on this point, period. Go ahead, take the last word as I aways let you do.
 
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DanSBHawk

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Nonsense. The North could have let the seven cotton states secede in peace. They chose instead to coerce them back into the Union thereby starting the war.
No, not if they believed in the Constitution and the rule of law.

The secessionists could have pursued a peaceful secession through congress or a Constitutional convention. But they chose shooting. So they got shooting.
 

Philip Leigh

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Michigan sent a strong message to Virginia about the possible convention, but I wondered how other Northern state responded. At least to Michigan, the thought of concessions were a non starter.
Many of the Northern state resolutions were similar thereby suggesting that one state originated the basic arguments. New Jersey's, however, is clearly different because they urged the country to adopt the Crittenden Amendment that Lincoln had told the Republicans not to accept. In fact, the Republicans even prevented the Crittenden Compromise from being submitted to the entire country for a popular vote referendum. Historian Ludwell Johnson concludes that they prevented a referendum because the infant GOP knew that America would accept the compromise and thereby leave the Republicans with a Party having no future.

In short, the Republicans evidently favored war over compromise. The Republican Party platform alleged that secession was treason, so Michigan was just following Party marching orders. There's nothing uniquely heroic about that.

None of the ten Northern states with such resolutions ever stated that they wanted to free the slaves in the states where it was legal, yet the myth persists that the war was all about slavery. In reality, the war was all about the reasons the Northern states would not let the cotton states leave in peace.
 
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Potomac Pride

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The South, who started the war, declared it was all about slavery. The Union, reacting to a rebellion, didn't have any say as to what the war was "about."
Well actually, the Union did say what the war was about when the U.S. Congress passed the Crittenden Resolution in July 1861. This was a congressional declaration explaining why the Union was fighting the war. The resolution stated that the war was brought on by the secessionists of the southern states that were involved in an unlawful rebellion. Subsequently, the war was being waged in order to preserve the Union.
 
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