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PostDoes Emancipation Justify War? (Timothy Ashby, South Africa, 07/11/18 5:32 am)
When talking about Italy's conquest and colonization of Ethiopia, John E asked:
"Does freeing the enslaved justify a war of conquest?"
In the latter stages of the US Civil War, freeing the enslaved became the paramount justification for the North's war of conquest against the South (and it was truly a war of conquest and occupation).
By the way, following the Norman Conquest, the Domesday Book of 1086 records that around 10 percent of the English population were slaves.
JE comments: Ah, slavery and the US Civil War. Did the Peculiar Institution cause the war? Depends on who you ask. Did Lincoln fight against the Confederacy in order to free the slaves? No, at least not until 1863. Even the hallowed Emancipation Proclamation started out as a tactic to undermine the Confederate economy. Finally, did the North fight a war of conquest? This depends on whether you take the Confederacy as a legitimate nation or a separatist rebellion. How about a war of reconquest?
Does emancipation justify war? Gosh, this depends on who you ask.