American Civil War

DMS dmschanoes at
Wed Jul 9 09:37:46 MDT 2003

You want quotes from Marx?  I got quotes from Marx
although it pains me to have to reproduce what is oh
so obvious:

Marx:  The American Question in England, Sept. 18,1861:

The encroachments of the slaveholding power reached their
maximum point, when, by the Kansas-Nebraska Billl....every
legal barrier to the diffusion of slavery ...was broken down,
when afterward, a Northern candidate brought his presidential
nomination by conquer or purchase Cuba...; the Dred Scott decision, diffusion of slavery
by the Federal power was proclaimed as the law..., and
lastly when the African slave trade was de facto reopened
on a larger scale than during...its legal existence.  But,
concurrently...there were unmistakeable signs of Northern
antagonistic agencies having gathered such strength as must
soon turn the balance of powr....there was one broad statis-
ticaland economical fact indicating that the the
slave interest had approached the point from which it would
have to reced forcibly, or de bonne grace.  That fact was
the growth of the Northwest, the immense strides it population
had made from 1850 to 1860.....

Notice not one word about British capital's involvement.  Did
Britain bribe, bribery being such an in vogue term, the US
Congress to pass the Kansas-Nebraska Act?  Did it pay the
US Supreme Court for the Dred Scott decision?  Did it want
Cuba annexed to the slave South, so the US could establish
Guantanamo 40 years sooner and threaten British naval
supremancy in the Caribbean?

Is it possible Marx, spending his days studying British
capitalism, AND THE COTTON CRISIS, from its origins in
the expansion of production in 1845 through 1860, somehow
missed the role of British capital in the looming civil

We know the answers to that and more.

Did Britain arm the South?  Did Britain provide generous,
subsidized terms of trade, to help the South through its
economic distressf?

The fact is, whatever the reactionary symphathies of
the world's foremost capitalist power of the time, it's
vital interests were not at stake in maintaining the
South and its slave plantation system, nor did those
interests require the destruction of the developing
Northern capitalism.


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