Well, the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people. Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to "all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights" in the minds of God. But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government. It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong. People like Wilberforce who persisted for years because of his faith and because of his love for people. So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.To be fair, his answer may have been ghost-written by another South Carolinian.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
...and the Maps?
Former Senator (now Heritage Foundation chief) Jim DeMint on how the slaves were freed (via Jon Chait):