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Old 09-12-2019, 10:40 AM
ElvisL1ves is offline
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Originally Posted by bump View Post
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.
Read any secession declaration - any of them - and you'll see they were all about slavery and a state's "right" to practice it.

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.
It's also a way to defend (or avoid confronting) modern-day racism and related practices, as well as other deplorabilities that conveniently correlate with it.