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Slavery in America, Saudi-Style

michael1819 Wrote: Jul 19, 2013 11:52 AM
Hmmm sort of a matter of debate, but at least it got the ball rolling. It took a couple more amendments to really free them but during the war this proclamation was the start, it wasn't official until the 13th amendment.
Roy-WV Wrote: Jul 20, 2013 12:57 AM
MG-Very well stated! As I recall from Mandatory WV History as a youngun the split from Va had little or nothing to do with the "slavery" issue-There was something known as 'The Wheeling accords' that addressed the unfair distribution of Tax Revenue monies --seems that a vast majority was being allocated to the "Tidewater" Areas? Don't know, I wasn't there. But I'm still here in West "by Golly " Va!
Major-General Wrote: Jul 19, 2013 12:12 PM
The Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in states that were in rebellion against the United States. West Virginia broke from Virginia at the start of the war and was a slave state; its slaves weren't freed. So your statement reflects the ignorance the prior poster deplores.

The bigger travesty is that the United States was the only western power to fight a war to free it's slaves.