The Corwin Amendment

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“The North offered the South the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in March 1861 that would have made slavery permanently legal in America if they would rejoin the union. The South refused and the Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the international slave trade. Most educated Southerners were in favor of gradual orderly emancipation, which would have prevented segregation and Jim Crow laws, which were based on Northern black codes. Slavery was already a dying institution before the war.”
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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Conservative Hill Billy
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 21:22:02

    FYI, if you have a comment please support it with facts. So much hate without knowledge . I have worn out the delete button. The post is factual.


  2. List of X
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 22:51:58

    I just read about Corwin Amendment, thanks. It would have indeed made slavery constitutionally legal in the states that already allowed slave-holding, without actually expanding it to other states (you can google the amendment text to confirm) – in other words, would have made legal what was already legal, where it was already legal, with no actual guarantee that some future amendment wouldn’t overrule it someday to make it illegal (as was the case for the Prohibition).
    Everything else – that all educated Southerners actually wanted abolition, that slavery would’ve died anyway, or that Jim Crow laws wouldn’t have happened is mere speculation.
    If you want facts, here are some:


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