OLIGARCHY: AN AMERICAN FEAR DURING SECESSION WINTER – PART 2

1 Oct

February 1861. With seven States having left the Union, Americans believed two different political oligarchies had been rooted. Northerners saw Southerners as traitors to the Union interested only in establishing a slave republic and protecting the institution of slavery.

THE WASHINGTON PEACE CONFERENCE’S PROPOSED 13TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

30 Aug

February 1861. With seven States having left the Union, a war between the States inched closer. Americans on both sides accused the other of ‘oligarchy’. In a last effort to preserve peace, the General Assembly of Virginia, issued an invitation. It requested all the remaining States in the Union to … Read More »

FACT CHECK: SLAVES PLAYED INTO THE CALCULATION OF A STATE’S FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION UNTIL 13TH AMENDMENT

20 Nov

Yes. Slavery was tied to State representation in the US House of Representatives through Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the compact entitled “The Constitution of the United States”. Remove slavery and States lose representation and therefore the power to affect legislation.