|View single post by HankC|
|Posted: Thu Jun 19th, 2008 06:43 pm||
Andrew Johnson never gets the the credit he deserves...
which is pretty much what the war was all about, yes?
at that time and not bound by any piece of paper eminating from the US.
But the CSA, and it's defenders, wanted to be protected by a similar piece of paper, namely the the Constitution of the United States...
there are a few more reasons than that,. In fact, your first reason is difficult to find backing for. Of course, considering that about 250,000 former slaves were serving *against* the South by Appomattox, one could say that it *did* happen. Most southerners were so sure that a slave uprising would be a bloody calamity, the idea that slaves would seek *legal* means to combat slavery was unfathomable...
It would have been fought later...Of course the South started taking federal property long before Lincoln's inauguration...
Must be true - in their foresight, most politicians and rivals thought he was an awful choice
and a determination by the Radical Republicans to make him a Martyr and thus have a moral reason to do what they already planned to do which was to rape the south in what came to be called reconstruction.
Reconstruction was pretty mild until Johnson (who freed the slaves) overstepped *his* bounds. That is when the Radicals took over...