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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonhard View Post
    The legacy of the Confederates are a tragic affair. I have no doubt that there was a lot of great virtues in the soldiers and generals of that war. And that individuals fought for all sorts of reasons. Though it seems to be hard to say that the cause was not slavery. If they fought to protect the states independence, what meddling was it they wanted wanted independence from? Their right to keep capturing free-men and turning them into slaves.
    Except that right ("keep capturing free-men and turning them into slaves") was removed back in 1808. Yes, the practice of slavery itself continued, but the act of taking people in Africa and bringing them to the US for the purpose of enslavement was illegal for over half a century before the Civil War broke out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terraceth View Post
    Except that right ("keep capturing free-men and turning them into slaves") was removed back in 1808. Yes, the practice of slavery itself continued, but the act of taking people in Africa and bringing them to the US for the purpose of enslavement was illegal for over half a century before the Civil War broke out.
    It was illegal, but still happened on occasion up until the Civil War.
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