Racial Equality, And Abolitionist Sabotage In The Causation Of The Civil War

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The Southern Mindset: An Analysis of the Threat of a Race War, Racial Equality, and Abolitionist Sabotage in the Causation of the Civil War

The primary causes for the Civil War will be defined through the perceived threat of a race war, the dissolution of the Southern plantation aristocracy, and abolitionist sabotage in the South. In the South, many commissioners that discussed the possibility of secession were concerned about the liberation of African slaves, which might result in the extermination of the slave owning aristocracy. This deeply rooted fear was actually fomented by Thomas Jefferson, and other members of the southern aristocracy, that felt that liberating the slaves would result in a race war in the south: “A sudden emancipation,
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In many cases. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854, and the Wilmot Proviso would represent a longstanding struggle between Southern and Northern political opposition to equal rights for slaves. However, a majority of these legislative compromises would be contained within the jurisdiction of the federalist oversight, which was increasingly being viewed as a threat to Southern sovereignty. In the South, the values of racial purity were a major threat to the plantation aristocracy, which defined on the inequality of blacks and whites as part of the southern economy. After all, who would work the plantations if African slaves could become wage earners like many white laborers? Certainly, an egalitarian society was not in the most profitable interests of white slave owners, especially in the eyes of southern commissioners that argued in favor of secession to combat the federalist ploys to end slavery: “The impending imposition of racial equality informed speeches of other commissioners as well, [especially in the case of] Thomas J. Wharton, Mississippi’s attorney general and the state’s commissioner to Tennessee (Dew 56). In this manner, commissioners in the Deep South viewed the northern federalist government as a threat to the southern way of life, which always revolved around the problem of racial equality and the dissolution of the southern plantation economy as the primary cause of the Civil

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