Friday, October 8, 2010

Jeff Davis Speech Jan 5, 1863. Gee, I wonder why the South "forgets" it?

We are about to show you a speech by Jeff Davis, in reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation.  Davis was  livid upon hearing of the Emancipation Proclamation, because he knew what Lincoln knew -- this changed everything. 

A tiny preview 


.....In view of these facts, and conscientiously believing that the proper condition of the negro is slavery or a complete subjection to the white man,--and entertaining the belief that the day is not distant when the old Union will be restored with slavery nationally declared to be the proper condition of all of African descent,--and in view of the future harmony and progress of all the States of America, I have been induced to issue this address, so that there may be no misunderstanding in the future.






Without further ado.....


Jefferson Davis, Richmond, January 5, 1863.

 
Citizens of the non-slave-holding States of America, swayed by peaceable motives, I have used all my influence, often thereby endangering my position as the President of the Southern Confederacy, to have the unhappy conflict now existing between my people and yourselves, governed by those well established international rules .....



Heretofore, the warfare has been conducted by white men--peers, scions of the same stock; but the programme has been changed, and your .... have degraded you and themselves, by inviting the co-operation of the black race.

Thus, while they deprecate the intervention of white men--the French and the English--in behalf of the Southern Confederacy, they, these Abolitionists, do not hesitate to invoke the intervention of the African race in favor of the North.

The time has, therefore, come when a becoming respect for the good opinion of the civilized world impels me to set forth the following facts:

First. Abraham Lincoln ....has issued his proclamation, declaring the slaves within the limits of the Southern Confederacy to be free....

Second. Abraham Lincoln has declared that the slaves so emancipated may be used in the Army and Navy now under his control...
Now, therefore, as a compensatory measure, I do hereby issue the following Address to the People of the Non-Slaveholding States:--

On and after February 22, 1863, all free negroes within the limits of the Southern Confederacy shall be placed on the slave status, and be deemed to be chattels, they and their issue forever.

All negroes who shall be taken in any of the [Northern] State in the progress of our arms, shall be adjudged, immediately after such capture, to occupy the slave status, shall, ipso facto, be reduced to the condition of helotism  (absolute perpetual slavery)  so that the respective normal conditions of the white and black races may be ultimately placed on a permanent basis, so as to prevent the public peace from being thereafter endangered.

...It ought not to be considered polemically or politically improper in me to vindicate the position which has been, at an early day of this Southern republic assumed by the Confederacy, namely, that slavery is the corner-stone of a Western Republic.
  
.....In view of these facts, and conscientiously believing that the proper condition of the negro is slavery or a complete subjection to the white man,--and entertaining the belief that the day is not distant when the old Union will be restored with slavery nationally declared to be the proper condition of all of African descent,--and in view of the future harmony and progress of all the States of America, I have been induced to issue this address, so that there may be no misunderstanding in the future.

Richmond Enquirer Print.

There were a million SLAVES toiling away for the Southern Army.   Lee himself had three slaves with him as servants, most of the war -- Bill, Perry, and Lawrence.    But these three slaves were not IN the CSA.  They were just there, doing whatever they did for Masser Robert.

Another myth it destroys is that Davis was an abolitionist, just on a "different time table".   Here he orders that blacks be placed on the slave status, in perpetuity, so that there can be NO mistake about it later!

Another myth is that slavery was not the foundation of the Confederacy.  Here in this speech, Davis says exactly that, the "it was long been assumed" that slavery was the foundation.  That is SO obvious, he says, that he does not even need to elaborate on it (see the full text).

Another myth is that the South "just wanted to be left alone".  Davis called for the SPREAD of slavery into the territories, and  here even said he hoped to force the Northern states (by force of our arms) to reunite, and the entire nation be a slave nation.

FULL  SPEECH

Jeff Davis
An Address to the People of the Free States by the President of the Southern Confederacy
Richmond, January 5, 1863.

"Citizens of the non-slaveholding States of America, .... Heretofore, the warfare has been conducted by white men -- peers, scions of the same stock; but the programme has been changed, and your rulers despairing of a triumph by th employment of white men, have degraded you and themselves, by inviting the cooperation of the black race.

Thus, while they deprecate the intervention of white men -- the French and the English -- in behalf of the Southern Confederacy, they, these Abolitionists, do not hesitate to invoke the intervention of the African race in favor of the North.........

"Now, therefore, as a compensatory measure, I do hereby issue the following Address to the People of the Non-Slaveholding States:

"On and after February 22, 1863, all free negroes within the limits of the Southern Confederacy shall be placed on the slave status, and be deemed to be chattels, they and their issue forever. (RE - ENSLAVE ALL BLACKS EVER FREED)

"All negroes who shall be taken in any of the States in which slavery does not now exist, in the progress of our arms, shall be adjudged, immediately after such capture, to occupy the slave status, and in all States which shall be vanquished by our arms, all free negroes shall, ipsofacto, be reduced to the condition of helotism, so that the respective normal conditions of the white and black races may be ultimately placed on a permanent basis, so as to prevent the public peace from being thereafter endangered.

"Abraham Lincoln has seen fit to ignore the Constitution he has solemnly sworn to support, it ought not be considered polemically or politically improper in me to vindicate the position which has been at an early day of this Southern republic, assumed by the Confederacy, namely, that slavery is the corner-stone of a Western Republic. 
 
"In view of these facts, and conscientiously believing that the proper condition of the negro is slavery, or a complete subjection to the white man, -- and entertaining the belief that the day is not distant when the old Union will be restored with slavery nationally declared to be the proper condition of all of African descent, and in view of the future harmony and progress of all the States of America, I have been induced to issue this address, so that there may be no misunderstanding in the future. JEFFERSON DAVIS"





DISCUSSION

Between the cowardice of Davis in his escape and capture -- while wearing a woman's  dress,  http://jeffdavisdresss.blogspot.com/, and this reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, tells you all you need to know about Jeff Davis.


Here are just SOME of the amazing tid bits by Davis in this speech

1) Slavery is the cornerstone of the Confederacy.   Davis apologist say slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War or the Confederacy.   Here, Davis himself says slavery was the very foundation of the CSA.

2)  Davis damns Lincoln  for using black troops. He claims the war should be just by whites, "scions, peers, men of the same stock" and that to use blacks in battle "degrades"  the white race, and justifies no mercy for blacks or whites in battle -- no prisoners. 

The Southern lunatics today try to say they had black soldiers -- volunteers no less -- fighting for the South.   Nonsense. According to Jeff Davis himself, Lincoln allowing blacks into the Union Army was an abomination against white race, and so changed the nature of the war, that he would invade the North and make slaves of all blacks there too (see below)

3) As a result of Lincoln using blacks -- we will invade the North, enslave the Negroes there!

Thats's right, because Lincoln said he will use black men as soldiers --- the South invade the North, and enslave blacks there, making the US one big slave nation, as God intended!!!!!

4) All slaves ever freed in the South are hereby "placed back on the slave status -- and their issue -- forever"

Many Southern apologist say Davis was going to end slavery soon anyway -- here, he promises to make slavery PERPETUAL -- forever. The slaves and the "issue"  -- children -- will be enslaved forever.

5) Davis hopes to reunite the country, and make it all slave states.

Just like the Dred Scott decision, and the Southern Ultimatums,  the issue was the SPREAD of slavery.  Here  Davis says he will reunite the country as a big slave nation.


Really, you have to read it over and over to get a handle on it.



The EP would bring blacks into the Union Army -- an unthinkable act in the Southern mind.    We often forget that now -- that Lincoln said he would use blacks in the Union Army!

Today, we don't think anything of blacks in the army, or as police officers, in fact, it's typical.  So you probably have no idea vile the idea was to the South -- blacks in the ARMY?  Blacks with GUNS? 

When your history teacher told you about Emancipation Proclamation, he or she probably didn't even mention this part of it.  Yet to the South, to Davis especially, this was the most vile thin he had ever seen, and he said so.

Davis did  not foresee this.   No one did.   Davis fully expected the South to prevail in the Civil War, because he never dreamed Lincoln would allow blacks in the Union Army to fight the South!   And over 100,000 blacks, from the South, did just that!  Another 100,000 or so white men, from Southern states, fought for the Union too.

These 200,000 men made all the difference.  When you hear the South say they "are just honoring their ancestors" ---  why do they never honor these 200,000 men?   The fought, they died, but they fought and died for the UNION -- not for the slave states.    There are organizations in the North that honor those Southern men, white and black.   There are no monuments, or groups, that honor these men from the South that fought against slavery and for the Union.



Source: Broadside, Jefferson Davis Papers, University Library, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA. This is printed in Ervin L. Jordan, _Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia,_ University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1995, Appendix C, pages 319-320.