One Man’s Reply …
… to Secession impressions
The War of 1861-1865 was not fought over slavery.
That war was a war for independence, the same as the War of 1776-1781.
The War of 1861-1865 was fought because the United States invaded the seceded States. The secessions were triggered by an overweening, unresponsive central government — the same dissatisfactions that triggered the secession of 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 had wished to preserve slavery, they had only to re-join the Union and ratify the Corwin Amendment, which read: "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."
Clifton Palmer McLendon