Revising History: The War of Northern Aggression

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

By Paul Craig Roberts

South Carolina saw slavery as the issue being used by the North to violate the sovereignty of states and to further centralize power in Washington. The secession document makes the case that the North, which controlled the US government, had broken the compact on which the Union rested and, therefore, had made the Union null and void. For example, South Carolina pointed to Article 4 of the US Constitution, which reads: “No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up, on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.” Northern states had passed laws that nullified federal laws that upheld this article of the compact. Thus, the northern states had deliberately broken the compact on which the union was formed.

The obvious implication was that every aspect of states’ rights protected by the 10th Amendment could now be violated. And as time passed they were, so South Carolina’s reading of the situation was correct.

The secession document reads as a defense of the powers of states and not as a defense of slavery. Here is the document.

Read it and see what you decide.

A court historian, who is determined to focus attention away from the North’s destruction of the US Constitution and the war crimes that accompanied the Constitution’s destruction, will seize on South Carolina’s use of slavery as the example of the issue the North used to subvert the Constitution. The court historian’s reasoning is that as South Carolina makes a to-do about slavery, slavery must have been the cause of the war.

As South Carolina was the first to secede, its secession document probably was the model for other states. If so, this is the avenue by which court historians, that is, those who replace real history with fake history, turn the war into a war over slavery.

Once people become brainwashed, especially if it is by propaganda that serves power, they are more or less lost forever. It is extremely difficult to bring them to truth. Just look at the pain and suffering inflicted on historian David Irving for documenting the truth about the war crimes committed by the allies against the Germans. There is no doubt that he is correct, but the truth is unacceptable.

The same is the case with the War of Northern Aggression. Lies masquerading as history have been institutionalized for 150 years. An institutionalized lie is highly resistant to truth.

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery — Paul Craig Roberts | Information Clearing House

The Beverly Hillbillies were right. (Sorry I couldn’t find a clip of Granny ranting about the War of Northern Aggression. Ed.)

thoughts on “How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery — Paul Craig Roberts | Information Clearing House”

  1. Not buying the thesis. But at any rate, for whatever reason, the South decided to secede from the union. An act of sedition and treason. On that basis alone the Confederate markers should be removed. How many statues of Hitler does the current government of Germany have. His war, BTW, had many facets of dispute. Territorial as well as ethnic. States rights does not preclude concerns about slavery.

  2. “Identity politics”. Does this qualify?
    ” the demonization of white people”


  3. Even if you manage to decouple Confederate monuments from slavery in the mind of the public (a huge task) you cannot decouple them from racism. They remain, as they were conceived, rallying points for white supremacists.

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  1. civ·il war definition
    ˌsivil ˈwô(ə)r
    a war between citizens of the same country.
    “War of Northern Aggression”
    Putting aside for the moment who was the aggressor, of course its a Civil War. No need to put it in air quotes.

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