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Abraham Lincoln overthrew the low-taxed, voluntary union of independent States, created by the Founding Fathers in the “Articles of Confederation, Article I:” “The Name of this Confederacy shall be: ‘The United States of America.’”
Lincoln re-established the high-taxed, compulsory union of colonies, as under Britain.
President Jefferson Davis explained in his “Message To The Confederate States Congress:”
“So utterly have the principles of the Constitution been corrupted that President Lincoln likened the relations between a State and the United States to those which exist between a county and the State, in which it is situated and by which it was created.
“This is the fundamental error that has culminated in his ‘Declaration of War’ against these Confederate States.
“During the War waged against Great Britain by her colonies, a common danger impelled them to the formation of a Confederation (‘The United States of America’).
“The War resulted in the ‘Treaty of Peace’ with Britain, in which the several States were each, by name, recognized to be independent.
“The States endeavored to impress in the Constitution its true character – that of a compact between independent States.
“An organization (voluntary Union) created by the States to secure the blessings of liberty, has been perverted into a machine for their control.
“The creature (federal government) has been exalted above its creators (the States).” (Paragraph 1-2)
Jefferson Davis documented this rise and fall (1776 – 1865) of the original United States in his famous two-volume “Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.”
Roger K. Broxton
President of Confederate Heritage Fund