One Man’s Opinion
 
From: cliftonpalmermclendon@yahoo.com
 
In an article at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705362712/Suggestion-to-reporters-Replace-polygamy-coverage-with-something-deeper.html?s_cid=Email-4, Lane Williams writes in part “For example, the Democratic Party, the champion of the Civil Rights movement, was filled with strident racists 100 years ago, and its historic embrace of slavery can be said to be responsible, in part, for the Civil War.”
 
I replied to him at lanedwilliams@gmail.com as follows:

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You wrote in part "For example, the Democratic Party, the champion of the Civil Rights movement, was filled with strident racists 100 years ago, and its historic embrace of slavery can be said to be responsible, in part, for the Civil War."
 
Slavery had nothing to do with the War.
 
The War began when Abraham Lincoln invaded the seceded States. The secession was triggered by dissatisfaction with an overweening, unresponsive central government — the same cause that triggered the secession of the original thirteen States from Britain in 1776, the secession of Mexico from the Spanish Empire in 1818, and the secession of Texas from Mexico in 1836.
 
If the seceded States were concerned that they would lose slavery, they had only to re-enter the Union and ratify the Corwin Amendment, which stated: "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."
 
In writing as you did, you reasoned from incomplete or inaccurate information — the same as the journalists who still play up the plural marriage aspect of LDS culture.
 
Clifton Palmer McLendon