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    Default The secret Thirteenth Amendment

    I shall quote my Poli Sci text:
    Taking effect on 1 January 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation freed only those slaves in areas [which were] then in rebellion. Lincoln issued it reluctantly, because he had wanted victory at Antietam, which would have destroyed the rebel armies, ending the war without his having to abolish slavery. Lincoln's ultimate plan for all Blacks was their deportation, according to Ebony editor Lerone Bennett in his book Forced into Glory. Incidentally, Lincoln had explicitly approved of a constitutional amendment proposed by Congress on 2 March 1861, two days before his inauguration. It was not ratified. This 'Thirteenth Amendment' would have provided permanent protection for preexisting slavery in any state:

    No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any Sate, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said state.

    "The Great Emancipator" and large sectors of the Republican Party were far from abolitionists. Slaveholders rejected the Amendment, however, because they wanted to extend slavery into the territories. Moreover, they did not want to pay the hight Morrill Tariff on British textile imports, enacted a few weeks later.
    Secession was for Southerners as much about Lincoln's redistributing wealth to the North in the form of subsidies to corporations for 'improvements,' including railroads and other big corporations, financed through extortionate tariffs and enshrining 'The Great Compromiser' Henry Clay's old Whig Party's 'American System,' as it was about perpetuating slavery. Bear in mind that only 5% of Southerners owned slaves, and that most foot soldiers had no slaves.

    I'm not quite sure what the prof. meant by the last 1/3 of the text... But that's not very important. What do you guys think?
    What would it be like, if this fake 13th Amendment had been passed?
    For one thing, we wouldn't have Steal as a mod...

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    Well, that's pretty close to the Emancipation Proclamation itself.

    Actual Quote:
    "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.
    The proclamation did not free any slaves of the border states (Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia), or any southern state (or part of a state) already under Union control.[1] It first directly affected only those slaves who had already escaped to the Union side. Hearing of the Proclamation, more slaves quickly escaped to Union lines as the Army units moved South. As the Union armies conquered the Confederacy, thousands of slaves were freed each day until nearly all (approximately 4 million, according to the 1860 census[2]) were freed by July 1865.



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