What Was the Confederacy Really About?

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Many modern Southerners are in complete denial. They are adamant that the Southern Confederacy was not about slavery, was not about the subjugation of blacks, and in general a movement for Southern freedom and the Libertarianism of the Jeffersonian tradition. The sad thing is, these notions do not come from study of Southern history but rather from political pundits on the T.V. and the internet who appeal to the unstable feelings of the common, uneducated population, in order to gain a following. As a Southern white Nationalist, living in the South, who was born in Mississippi, has written a large book defending the Confederacy, and is a Son of a Confederate soldier as certified by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, John Hunt Morgan Camp 1342,  I must exhort my countrymen to turn away from these deceptions and recognize our true heritage. The feelings of modern Southern people do not determine what the Confederacy was about. The officials of the confederacy and the constitution of the Confederate States determines what the Confederacy was about. Alexander Stephens in his Cornerstone Speech stated:

“The prevailing ideas entertained by him[Jefferson] and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition.”

Here we see the Confederacy denying a fundamental principle of Jeffersonian Libertarianism. And those who wish to associate the South with Atheism or in some way are trying to draw our people away from the Bible are condemned when Stephens justified the subordination of the Africans with a citation from Gen. 9:

“He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system.”

It is the tradition of the South to base our Patriarchal beliefs on the Bible. This is utterly embrassing to those white men in the South who are trying to blame the Jewish Bible for our modern plight. It is exactly the opposite. The men who have led the revolutions against our people for the past 220 years are men who hated the Bible. Moreover, we read from the Constitution of the Confederacy:

Article I Sec. 9

(4) No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed…

Article IV

Sec. 2. (I) The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.

As I have already considered in my book on the South, the Southern Plantation was the only way the Southern economy could compete with the Northern factories. To dissolve the Plantation would have and did in reality result in the impoverishment of the South.  Why are these Southern men in any way ashamed of slavery? The South did not bring these people here and the institution is clearly condoned in holy scripture. The only way our people are manipulated into feeling guilty about our history is an assumption upon the exact Enlightenment values, baseless in reality, rejected in our Vice President’s Cornerstone Speech! This inconsistency has been the open door for our enemies for over 200 years. Until our people come to grips with the Bible and refuse to acknowledge the baseless morality of the Enlightenment, we will continue to be trodden underfoot. May our people awaken from their slumber and begin to believe the book our people have championed for so long.

Isa. 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

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