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Old 09-12-2019, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Saint Cad View Post
What the OP fails to realize is preservation of slavery was seen as a state right. Read the text of the Corwin Amendment.

So it wasn't about slavery except it was in that the South wanted the right to keep slavery. There were other state-rights issues as well (tariffs and the power of the Feds in a Federalist system being the biggest ones) but slavery was the most tangible and thus become the representation for everyone for "state rights".
The South very explicitly opposed "states' rights" on a host of other issues already mentioned. If they were actually for the concept of "states' rights", they would have been in favor of them on those issues as well. But they really just cared about slavery.