The Georgia SCV Lies About History–Corwin Amendment Edition

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The Georgia SCV continues its program of lying to the public about the Civil War.  After all, it’s heritage, not history.

The Corwin Amendment, approved March 2, 1861 and signed by President James Buchanan, even though presidents have no role in the constitutional amendment process, stated, “No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.”  Introduced by Representative Thomas Corwin of Ohio, the amendment, in the form of a joint resolution, passed the House of Representatives on February 28, 1861 by a vote of 133-65.  The Senate passed it on March 2, 1861 by a vote of 24-12.

The SCV claims the amendment was “offered by Abraham Lincoln.”  That’s the first lie.  The amendment was offered by Thomas Corwin, though it originated with William Seward, who had gone beyond resolutions given to him by Lincoln.

The SCV claims the amendment passed due to lobbying for it by Abraham Lincoln.  That’s the second lie.  Lincoln lobbied no one for the passage of the amendment.

The SCV claims Lincoln publicly endorsed the amendment.  That’s the third lie.  Lincoln said he had no objection to the amendment.  That is not an endorsement.

The SCV says, if the “south” seceded and was fighting the war to preserve slavery, then why not ratify “Lincoln’s 13th Amendment.”  This contains the fourth lie.  It was not Lincoln’s amendment.  Also, there’s a fifth lie in the implication that if slavery were the reason for secession the seceding states would ratify the amendment and stay in the Union.  The amendment did nothing more than codify what was the existing constitutional interpretation, that slavery in the states was a state, not a Federal matter, and that the Federal government had no power over slavery in the states.  It did nothing regarding the central issue of the controversy–the extension of slavery into the territories, which Lincoln sought to shut off.

The SCV claims “the south” seceded for independence.  Apparently they would like to ignore why “the south” sought independence.  Mississippi, for example, was quite clear, “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery.”  Why did Georgia secede?  “This reason may be summed up in one single proposition. It was a conviction, a deep conviction on the part of Georgia, that a separation from the North-was the only thing that could prevent the abolition of her slavery.”  So that would be their sixth lie.

The SCV claims they were “fighting a war forced upon them by invasion.”  That, of course, is their seventh lie.  They were the ones who fired on Fort Sumter and started the war.

After all, it’s heritage, never history with them.  And it seems as though “heritage” to them means to lie continuously.

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