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 Posted: Thu Aug 17th, 2006 05:28 pm
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I know it gets deep, but just tossing out slavery as the cause like you are teaching a 7th grade US History class is grossly irresponsible of any one looking for real answers.

 

A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.


In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.

When studying the causes of the war I prefer to go directly to the source. In thier own words the commisioners from Mississippi told the world their reasons for leaving the union. This topic can be analyzed at great length, but, as always, I prefer to hear in their own words why they felt the urgency to depart the union.

Also, concerning Union sentiment in Tennessee; I live in Hardin County which is split in not quite half by the Tennessee River. The west bank was very pro south while the east bank was pro north. Hardin County supplied men to the Confederacy early in hte war. When the Union came up the river (southward) a large number of men joined northern regiments and also as crewmen on the gunboats.

Best regards,

Tom

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