Declarations of Secession

by Munguza  

January 2001

The neo-Rebel revisionism spouted by Southern bigots is easily debunked by a simple review of primary sources from the Confederacy, such as official documents and eyewitness accounts. Among the favorite bits of disinformation modern-day racists like to push is that Confederates "weren't really racist" and that their motivation was not a desire to preserve slavery, but to defend the worthy principle of "states rights."

Vitually none of these boneheads have ever read the Articles of Secession written by the leaders of several rebel states (or else they're avoiding them). These documents --modeled after the Declaration of Independence-- were carefully written by Rebel leaders to clearly and publicly explain their reasons for secession. The authors hoped that they would give them legal legitimacy in the eyes of other nations whose official recognition the Confed's sought for their new "nation."

So, here are the reasons given by the Rebels themselves as to why they chose treason against the U.S.A:

Opening paragraph, Mississippi Declaration of Secession:

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun.

Opening paragraph, Georgia Declaration of Secession:

The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.

From the Texas Declaration of Secession:

Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union...She was received into the a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits-- a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.

In all the non-slave-holding States...the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party...based upon an unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of equality of all men, irrespective of race or color-- a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of Divine Law. They demand the abolition of negro slavery throughout the confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and negro races, and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us, so long as a negro slave remains in these States

...all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations...

From the South Carolina Declaration of Secession:

We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.

So, the next time some Johnny Reb wannabe starts with the revisionist gobbledeygook, just show them what the Rebels themselves said was their reason for committing treason against the United States of America. The Confederacy is a disgraceful episode of grand moral cowardice; we should teach it to our children the same way the Thrd Reich is taught in Germany: a mark of shame with no positive redeeming value.