I have been very busy lately with various projects, to his credit so has Al Mackey. He has been keeping his keyboard hot in spreading his mis-information and untruths. Mackey is so busy with his attacks, it is almost impossible to keep pace with him unless one stays on the computer all day.
This posting is about Mackey attacking Gov. Paul LePage, of Maine because of comments he war regarding the Cause of the War of Northern Aggression and the number of people from Maine who fought for the Confederacy. These comment6s were, according to Mackey—
In a radio interview Tuesday, August 22, 2017, LePage said, “What was the war? If you really truly read and study the Civil War, it was turned into a battle for the slaves, but initially — I mean, 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy. And they fought because they were concerned about — they were farmers — and they were concerned about their land. Their property. It was a property rights issue as it began. The President of the United States, who was a very brilliant politician, really made it about slavery to a great degree.”
To be honest I am almost sure that no one person can give you accurate information on how many Mainers fought for the South. That being the case I won’t even argue the numbers without some sort of credible sources detailing these men’s service and state the place of birth or residence background. Heck for that matter there is no absolute number on how many men from Mississippi actually served the Confederacy!!!!!
The cause of the war, to my point of view, would be somewhat of a stretch to say it was about land, unless we are talking about Fort Sumter land. However I will give the good Governor the benefit of the doubt because I just assume he he is somewhat right until proven wrong by historical documents.
That brings us to the worn out issue of slavery. Man you would think that Mackey instead of spending so much time on the computer, would at least spend SOME time doing some actual credible research to support his points. Instead of some historical facts proving that the war was about slavery Mackey makes this generic statement—
Anyone who has read what the secessionists said and wrote knows the root cause of the war was always slavery. They weren’t concerned about their land, they were concerned about maintaining slavery.
I for one don’t know ALL what the secessionist said, but I will say this I have never read anywhere, in any document or speech the “secessionist” said we are going to war for slavery. To be honest I have never read where Lincoln or any other Union man of authority said we are going to war to free the slaves. Just one example of the slavery issue, West Virginia came into the Union as a slave state. Please do not believe me, look this info up for yourself.
According to Mackey, David Blight Historian at Yale Univ. had this to say —-
CNN interviewed two historians, David Blight of Yale University and Matthew Karp of Princeton University. “David Blight, Civil War historian and professor at Yale, told CNN in an interview that it was doubtful more than a handful of Mainers fought for the Confederacy. The state of Maine was one of the strongest supporters of the Union. Blight also took issue with LePage’s claim that the Civil War was initially a conflict over land. ‘That’s patented nonsense. It’s appalling degree of ignorance and misinformation by a governor of a New England state, or any state for that matter,’ he said. Blight reiterated that the war was fought over slavery and its expansion into new territories. ‘This war was rooted in the problem racial slavery and its expansion, and the ways in which that issue tore apart the American political system and then tore apart the Union,’ Blight said. ‘And to say that the war was only in the interest of farmers worried about their property rights is beyond ridiculous in the 21st century.’
Again no citation for Blight’s comments. I really don’t know of the interview, time allowing I may try to find it and post some comments,
“Matthew Karp, a Civil War historian at Princeton University, told CNN ‘the idea that Maine was a Confederate hotbed is pretty ludicrous.’ ————–
‘Slaveholders believed their right to human property was enshrined in the Constitution, while Lincoln and the Republicans did not — a major reason that so many slave-holding leaders embraced secession after Lincoln was elected.’ “
I can agree with Karp that slavery was ONE cause of secession, but not the only cause. Tariffs, and Indian raids was also a cause. Again I challenge you to look it up.
My last comment on this page, I will write Mr. David Blight of Yale university to see if he has any additional comments he desires to make. There is a list here of what appears to be about 10 pages of contact info for Prof. Blight — https://www.yale.edu/search/google/BLIGHT?query=BLIGHT
I am gonna attempt to make contact with him by way of this address—
David Blight | Department of History
David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, joining that faculty in January, 2003. He previously taught at Amherst College …
Frankly I have trouble believing that an educated man, a teacher, a person with an unbiased view, actually believes SLAVERY was the cause of the WBTS