- May 20, 2009
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So the "Republicans" mentioned in the OP were actually "democrats" InterestingThe South used to vote democrat until after the civil rights acts were passed.so wait, Lincoln who was a republican, really was a democrat because today democrats are republican? hly fk, my head is spinning.Wait, since the "parties switched sides" aren't these 1861 "Republicans" really democrats???? Did they switch back?Many "Republicans" in this forum are truly dishonest people.
The Corwin Amendment
The Corwin Amendment, also called the “Slavery Amendment,” was a constitutional amendment passed by Congress in 1861 but never ratified by the states that would have banned the federal government from abolishing the institution of slavery in the states where it existed at the time. Considering it a last-ditch effort to prevent the looming Civil War, supporters of the Corwin Amendment hoped it would prevent the southern states that had not already done so from seceding from the Union. Ironically, Abraham Lincoln did not oppose the measure.
The operative section of the Corwin Amendment states:
“No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.” Edited
In referring to enslavement as “domestic institutions” and “persons held to labor or service,” rather than by the specific word “slavery,” the amendment reflects wording in the draft of the Constitution considered by delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which referred to enslaved people as “Person held to Service."
In 1861, Congress proposed a constitutional amendment to protect enslavement. What was the Corwin Amendment and did Lincoln actually endorse it?www.thoughtco.com
Senator William H. Seward and Representative Thomas Corwin introduced the Corwin Amendment, both were republicans. Edited, red is reserved for moderator's action on the open board.