Confederate History and Heritage Month: Lest we forget why the State of Mississippi seceded from the Union

The Mississippi Ordinance of Secession. 

This Confederate History and Heritage Month, let us not forget the honorable reason why the State of Mississippi seceded from the Union. Good thing they left us a paper trail so we'd know their reason why. 

"In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove."

Well ok then. I think that about sums it up.

Restoring the honor!


  1. "It seeks not to elevate or to support the slave, but to destroy his present condition without providing a better."

    Contraband Camps. Government Slavery.

    "It has invaded a State, and invested with the honors of martyrdom the wretch whose purpose was to apply flames to our dwellings, and the weapons of destruction to our lives."

    A similar statement can be found in the Declaration of Independence (1776).

    1. Looks like Daniel has this all figured out for you so you can copy and paste his pile of rubbish:

      Mississippi seceded over slavery. It cannot be any clearer. Case closed.

    2. "There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union"

      Thanks for the clarification Mississippi! And, they also point out that "we should declare the prominent reasons", plural, yet when you read the entire document, all of the "reasons" are either slavery directly, or stemming from the issue of slavery. Again, they were whining like little spoiled brats because they didn't want Mama to take their Kodachrome away.

    3. Invaded a state? You mean the federal government followed the US Constitution in taking action to put down an insurrection. Don't forget the facts here.

    4. No, he means invaded a state. In face, several.

    5. I asked you directly, recently when this supposed invasion began and you did not answer. Is it because you can't, or won't?

    6. Sums it up? Or cherry picks? Mississippi's declaration of causes of secession is 653 words long. You posted 194 of them. So despite holding a position "thoroughly identified" with slavery, there were other reasons why the seceded and they included them in the declaration.

    7. Yes, sums it up. Yes, it is also cherry picked, but it doesn't matter, because it says nothing additional that changes my interpretation in any way. Every reason in that document either relates to slavery directly or indirectly, but it all references slavery, which as we established already, WAS Mississippi's reason for seceding. No amount of your lying or excuse making will change reality.

    8. Jacob, the other things listed in Mississippi's document are ways the state had been victimized by the union on account of slavery. That is the only way they are related to slavery -- because the victimizers associated their abhorrent treatment of the people of Mississippi with slavery.

      Besides, I've always said some states seceded primarily to protect slavery... but there were other reasons as well. However secession is not war, and slavery was not the cause of or reason for the fighting. The union army did not come South and kill Southerners in order to free slaves. They came to "preserve the union." Freeing slaves was tacked on well into the fighting.

    9. We've been over this. My name is not Jacob. You've been told. Any further comments from you addressing me as Jacob will not be published. Take your pick.

      Oh, I see. It was slavery. Thanks, we already knew it was, and we also know this is your Heritage. Thanks for playing.

    10. Dimmy, the feds did not send an army to "put down an insurrection," but to keep the Southern states, whose cotton fed northern mills, imprisoned in the union. If the north hadn't been so dependent (for their wealth) largely on cotton, they would have let the South go and would have said "Good Riddance."

      The vaunted north hated the South. Hated non-slave holders, hated slave owners, hated their families, hated slaves (or rather, hated blacks), hated Southern merchants and Southern statesmen. Haven't you ever wondered why the north didn't happily free themselves from the "Dirty South" when they had the chance? Instead, they fought war that resulted in hundreds of thousands of union soldiers -- just to keep a region they hated as part of the country? The cognitive dissonance is blatant and strong, there.

    11. No, KKKonnie. The US put down an illegal rebellion of traitors. You keep making up stuff to meet your fantasies. The south was doing fine and decided to do something stupid. Secession was and is unconstitutional.

      By the way, it won't happen again.

    12. RB, might as just ignore KKKonnie. She is just going to repeat her claims and show no proof to back it up. You've shown primary source documents and she rejects them. Too bad for her.

    13. Invasion?

      Lincoln, First Inaugural:
      "The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion, no using of force against or among the people anywhere."

    14. JD-
      "Invaded a state? You mean the federal government followed the US Constitution in taking action to put down an insurrection. Don't forget the facts here."

      You mean the Militia Act? Show us where blockade is in that law.

    15. "Contraband Camps. Government Slavery."

      I have read that 80,000 "freed" slaves died of starvation and disease in camps along the Mississippi Delta region. What would the total be when the camps of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas and other states are included?

    16. Let's see. Jefferson Davis ordered an attack on a federal facility. Confederates broke into the New Orleans Mint and stole the property of the federal government. Every post office in the South was federal. Federal armories were seized and the weapons taken from them and used against the federal government. That's a rebellion. It was put down. Lincoln had EVERY right under US law to put down that rebellion by traitors. He did.

      You can whine all day long and try to ignore the facts, but the scum who chose secession were traitors. They made a choice. It was illegal and they caused their own destruction. I shed no tears for the traitors.

    17. Nothing wrong with using whatever means at your disposal to put down a rebellion of traitors. If the confederacy thought it was going to attack the US and suffer no consequences, their leaders were mistaken.

      I reiterate. It will not happen again.

    18. I'm with Jimmy. They got what they asked for.

    19. Let's examine what happened. The slave owners controlled the governments of the states in the south. They also controlled the Executive Branch of the federal government, had control of the Judicial Branch including a slave owner as Chief Justice, and had control of the Senate. Effectively, the slave owners had control of the nation.

      The election of Lincoln meant that the slave owners would no longer have control of the Executive Branch. The way Lincoln was elected also meant that the slave owners could no longer rely on Northern Democrats to help get control of the government back. How many SCOTUS justices would Lincoln be able to appoint? What about control of the Senate? The division in the Democratic Party threatened the slave owners controlling that body as well.

      The writing was on the wall for the slave owners. They were not going to be able to expand slavery into the western territories. They could no longer rely upon the federal government mechanisms to protect slavery. The institution would have to stand on its own merit which meant eventually, slavery would falter.

      Now, slavery on its own ending was one thing. But, white supremacy was the bedrock of the slave owners power. As long as the poorest white was always socially superior to any black man, the system that gave political power to the elite slave owning class in the South was able to be sustained. Take away slavery and that power might collapse.

      One of the principles of the American Revolution was egalitarianism. The slave owners rejected this principle. Equality was anathema to their system of elite rule. Equality threatened their way of life. So when the slave owners committed treason and decided to secede, they also rejected one of the principles of the Revolution. That is why I laugh when the neo-confederates try to equate the treason of the secessionists with the Revolution.

      So what the slave owners decided to do was leave the United States to protect their political power which was built upon slavery. This is no surprise to anyone because they took the time to talk about it and write it down. The secession conventions were all about slavery and the need to protect it. This is documented evidence from the very people who spoke the words.

      In the end, everything the slave owners wanted to avoid ended up happening because of their own actions. Slavery was not going to end any time soon in 1860, but it did in 1865 because of the slave owners and their war. They made a horrible choice. They did not have the support of the entire south or of the people living in the south, but since they had the political power, they made the choices.

      There is no sympathy for the people who chose to commit treason from me. Some of them were my ancestors and they screwed up royally. The funny thing is, most of them went on with their lives after the war and let it go. Some people today just cannot accept the reality of factual history. They reject what their own ancestors said and in doing so they dishonor them.


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