Skip to comments.GOP candidate: Civil war wasn’t about slavery
Posted on 06/25/2018 3:28:41 PM PDT by Mariner
Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart said that he doesnt believe that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery, arguing that it was mostly about states rights.
In a Monday interview with Hill.TVs Rising, Stewart, who recently won the GOP nomination in the Virginia Senate race, said that not all parts of Virginias history are pretty.
But he said he doesnt associate slavery with the war.
I dont at all. If you look at the history, thats not what it meant at all, and I dont believe that the Civil War was ultimately fought over the issue of slavery, Stewart said.
When Rising co-host Krystal Ball pressed him again if the Civil War was significantly fought over slavery, Stewart said some of them talked about slavery, but added that most soldiers never owned slaves and they didnt fight to preserve the institution of slavery.
We have to put ourselves in the shoes of the people who were fighting at that time and from their perspective, they saw it as a federal intrusion of the state, he said.
Stewart also said he doesnt support a Richmond elementary school named after a Confederate general deciding to rename it after former President Obama.
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He’s right. It was about the states’ rights to make laws allowing slavery.
I’ve heard a number of people in Tennessee say the Civil War wasn’t about slavery.
I really suggest Stewart read up on a subject before commenting.
There were a lot of people in the South vehemently opposed to slavery, believe it or not.
No first States’ Rights was the cover the Slavers used. But the only “right” in question was a right which does not exist. Slaves were slaves not because the state said they were, they were slaves because of tyranny and injustice.
There has never been a Natural Right to enslave another man.
Another idiot candidate. It doesn’t even matter whether he’s right (he’s not), he will be pummeled on this right up until the election. Why give your opponents such ammunition?
He’s right Einstein....The civil war was about states rights and the power of the states in most cases guaranteed by the Constitution being usurped by an overzealous Federal govt.
Slavery entered the discussion because it was expedient for Lincoln to make it so but it was nothing ever other than a secondary issue.
Which “state’s right” in particular?
A lot more who really liked it.
What powers were being usurped by the overzealous Federal govt.?
They are wrong. It is also true that Eastern Tennessee never supported secession or slavery. Its citizens as loyal Unionists sent over a 100,000 soldiers into the Union army.
By the end of the war the Confederacy was drafting the reluctant to fight the rich man’s war and desertion was a major problem for the Southern armies. It instituted a draft before Lincoln did.
He's right, of course. Unfortunately, there was only one States' right that engendered the passion to cost 650,000 lives. What was that in those days...3% of the population?
Why don’t you tell us of another “right” that was in danger, that should be fun. Remember or look it up the federal government was TINY in 1860 and we barely had an army.
Exactly. Shut up and get elected. Even if he was 100% correct ( and he isn't) Just shut up. Don't give the leftard media a hammer.
This could be his mcacaca moment!
Why does anyone in a public forum running for office allow themselves to get trapped into these “no win” comment situations. If someone asks me question about the civil war, my answer is “I am running for office in 2018 not in 1860s! “ Then change the subject and refuse to be baited into such a discussion.
Even on FR Civil War discussions degenerate into “How many Billy Yanks & Johnny Rebs can dance on the head of a pin?”
Just not worth the bandwidth!
OMG, politicians need to stop talking about the Civil War. The idea of These United States ended and the name of our country became a meaningless phrase. It was about slavery. The South owned theirs and the North rented theirs as they came off the boats from Ireland and Eastern Europe. The former is morally indefensible, but the latter can be defended with an Economics textbook. Renting slaves and working them to death in your factories and mines is every market fundamentalist’s dream.
If you’re in doubt, read the various declarations of secession from the various Southern states. The issue was slavery and its perpetuation.
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