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Old 09-12-2019, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by kirkrapine View Post
N.B.: I mean "states' rights" as distinct from "preserving slavery."
Well duh. That's kind of the whole point. The whole thing was in a very limited, technical sense about states' rights, but the rights in question all revolved around slavery and its preservation. It's not like the southern states rebelled because of Federal overreach in any other sort of state right.

So saying it's about states' rights is a disingenuous modern-day attempt to portray the Southern states as somehow more virtuous than they were.