[sixties-l] Re: sixties-l-Vietnam War Memorial

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (jab@tucradio.org)
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 01:18:59 CUT

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    One of the lesser known yet important reasons for Lincoln making the
    Emancipation Proclamation when he did was for a significant external
    purpose. In 1863, representatives from the Confederacy were in London,
    petitioning the crown for its military assistance in the war against the
    North. At the same time, British workers who had been following the war
    as best they could at the time, had been inclined to support the North
    on the basis that it was a war against slavery which Britain had
    outlawed three decades earlier.

    But until the Emancipation Proclamation there was no evidence provided
    that this was, indeed, a war over slavery. As soon as it was issued it
    was rushed by ship to London where it was publicized by the workers
    through mass meetings and was instrumental in keeping Britain from
    joining the South, a combination that, had it come about, would quite
    likely have produced a different result.

    Jeff Blankfort

    From: robert <houriet@plainfield.bypass.com>
    > Subject: Re: [sixties-l] Re: sixties-l-Vietnam War Memorials
    > For starts, we should first consider the civil war of the 1860's and the
    > undeclared war of the 1960's at home and the vietnam war abroad as all
    > tragedies.
    > That said, we could go onto to consider whether during the 1960's how we
    > re=fought some of the unresolved issues of the American Civil War, and
    > failed again, tragically.
    > To simplify: the slavery issue was adopted by the Republican Party as a
    > means to get northern young men to die in defense of the protective tarrif;
    > and the Emancipation Proclamation served a military objective. It seems
    > more black historians are more aware of this, than white.
    > Robert Houriet

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