Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The most famous speech you never heard of --but should be in every US text book.

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THE MOST FAMOUS SPEECH YOU NEVER HEARD OF.





US SENATOR DAVID RICE ATCHISON

ATCHISON  "Are you determined?   Will every one of you swear to bathe your steel in the black blood of some of those black sons of ---- (cries & yells of yes, yes.)  "
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US SENATOR BRAGS HE WILL KILL  TO SPREAD SLAVERY, 1856.... 

Then kills to spread slavery.  

First he brags he will kill, then he does kill, to spread slavery.  

And David Rice Atchison -- who was technically President of the US for one day supposedly -- made if very very clear.  The flag he rode under was red, to signify the blood his "Southern boys" would spill with sword and gun, to spread slavery into Kansas and the rest of the West.


When Atchison's early killing sprees fails to get rid of all speech against slavery, Atchison promises to get 5000 men (instead of the 1700 Texas men he hired), to return and just kill everyone in Kansas who was against slavery.


Sound like state's rights to you?

And this was WELL KNOWN at the time, in fact US Senator Charles Sumner was beaten on the floor of the US Senate, the night before Atchison's speech, when Sumner mentioned Atchison by name.

He is paid for killing, by the "present administration."   Jefferson Davis justifies it as "Constitutionally required".

Bet you never heard of any of this.

A US Senator, killing to spread slavery, and bragging of it?  

Yes. Atchison bragged about killing "for the South" and to spread slavery. 
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Who was killing who, and why, from the guy leading the killing.

 US Senator David Rice Atchison.

History is not complicated -- excuses are.  Here, US Senator brags about his simple motivation for killing: to spread slavery, and stop those who speak against it. 


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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

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Atchison brags ----
  • purpose of killing spree was to stop speech against slavery
  •  riding under foreign flag
  • he was funded by federal authorities (Davis)
  •  men could keep loot they stole
  • were there to terrorize and kill
  •  "authorities" wanted a  war taken to Kansas
  • "the entire  Southwanted these killing
  •  this was the happiest day of his life

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ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SOURCES 



1856 = Five years BEFORE the Civil War.  Before Lincoln got back in politics, before Lincoln Douglas debates.  Before the South seceded, Southern leaders were in Kansas, killing to spread slavery, and bragging about it.

That's right BEFORE all that,  US Senator Davis Rice Atchison, was already in Kansas, killing to spread slavery, and bragging out the ass about it.

Did people know? Hell yes they knew.   It was the big news North and South.  US Senator Charles Sumner gave the famous
"Crimes Against Kansas" Speech about it, and was nearly killed for it, on the floor of the US Senate.




Not just Atchison bragging -- others were bragging too.   They were loud, proud, clear.  Southern newspapers and leaders claimed  they had "rights" in Kansas.   What were those rights?

To spread slavery there, even though 95% of the white men in Kansas voted against slavery, and fought against slavery.

Sound like "states rights" to you?

Yes, Kansas was a territory  -- but even after Kansas became a state, in January of 1861, the first two of five war ultimatums were the spread of slavery into Kansas -- though Kansas voters rejected slavery officially by then, in a 90% against slavery vote.

Why did Southern leaders care so much about spreading slavery into Kansas?   

Here is Atchison's speech 






This depicts the killing spree led and paid by Atchison, working for Jeff Davis, drawing by local artist the day after


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Atchison promised to "kill every damn dog" who  was against slavery in Kansas.   Some "dogs" escaped, and took a picture in 1890.

 Here are some of the surviving dogs that Atchison and his men couldn't kill.


Atchison promised to get 5000 more men, and come back to kill them all.   He nearly made good on it -- twice later, during the Civil War, Southern raiders, some from the original group of hired killers in 1856, invaded Lawrence again, eventually burning it to the ground, because they had refused to buckle under Atchison's orginal killing spree. 



This is what the speech looked like, in writing, at the time.  




Here is where the speech is kept  now. It's not a secret. It's just not mentioned in US text books.



No one disputes this is Atchison's speech -- he gave other comments  like it, bragged about coming back to kill more.   

And he wrote a pamphlet defending his actions, claiming God ordained slavery, and those who spread "heresy" against God were stopping the spread of slavery.

You didn't know that either.

Atchison was  only US Senator killing to spread slavery at the time -- long before the US Civil War.

Give him credit, he was proud of it, he did not pretend he was doing it for "state's rights" -- in fact, he hated states rights.   He was not pretending to be one thing, while doing another.  At least, not then he wasn't. 


ATCHISON SPEECH




"Gentlemen, Officers & Soldiers! - (Yells) This is the most glorious day of my life! This is the day I am a border ruffian! (Yells.)..


...The U.S. Marshall has just given you his orders and has kindly invited me to address you. For this invitation, coming from no less than U.S. authority,



I thank him most sincerely, and now allow me, in true border-ruffian style, to extend to you the right hand of fellowship. (Cheers.) Men of the South, I greet you as border-ruffian brothers. (Repeated yells & waving of hats.)...


Though I have seen more years than most of you, I am yet young in the same glorious cause that has made you leave your homes in the South.

Boys I am one of your number today (Yells.) and today you have a glorious duty to perform, today you will earn laurels that will ever show you to have been true sons of the noble South! (Cheers.)


You have endured many hardships, have suffered many privations on your trips, but for this you will be more than compensated by the work laid out by the Marshal, - and what you know is to be done as the programme of the day....



Now Boys, let your work be well done! (Cheers.) Faint not as you approach the city of Lawrence, but remembering your mission act with true Southern heroism, & at the word,Spring like your bloodhounds at home upon that d--d accursed abolition hole; break through every thing that may oppose your never flinching courage! - (Yells.)



Yes, ruffians, draw your revolvers & bowie knives, & cool them in the heart's blood of all those d--d dogs, that dare defend that d--d breathing hole of hell. (Yells.) Tear down their boasted Free State Hotel, and if those Hellish lying free-soilers have left no port holes in it, with

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your unerring cannon make some, Yes, riddle it till it shall fall to the ground. Throw into the Kanzas (river) their printing presses, & let's see if any more free speeches will be issued from them!


Boys, do the Marshall's full bidding! - Do the sheriff's entire command! -


(Yells.) for today Mr. Jones is not only Sheriff, but deputy Marshall, so that whatever he commands will be right, and under the authority of the administration of the U.S.! - and for it you will be amply paid as U.S. troops, besides having an opportunity of benefitting your wardrobes from the private dwellings of those infernal nigger-stealers.



(Cheers.) Courage for a few hours & the victory is ours, falter & all is lost! - Are you determined? Will every one of you swear to bathe your steel in the black blood of some of those black sons of ---- (cries & yells of yes, yes.)


YesI know you will, the South has always proved itself ready for honorable fight, & you, who are noble sons of noble sires, I know you will never fail, but will burn, sack & destroy, until every vestige of these Northern Abolitionists is wiped out.




Men of the South & Missouri, I am Proud of this day!


 I may yet have to depend for my life, unless this days work

[we] shall annihilate from our western world these hellish Emigrant Aid paupers, whose bellies are filled with beggars food, & whose houses are stored with "Beecher's Rifles ......

- the resolve of the entire South, and of the present Administrationthat is, to carry the war into the heart of the country, (cheers.)

[We will never] slacken or stop until every spark of free-state, free-speech, free-niggers, or free in any shape is quenched out of Kansaz!........(Long shouting & cheering.)


as I speak the honest sentiments of my heart and the sentiments of the administration & the blessed pro-slavery party throughout this great nation, -  


[this] is the only flag we recognize, and the only flag under whose folds we will march into Lawrence, the only flag under which these damned abolition prisoners were arrested - who are now outside yonder tent endeavoring to hear me, which I care not a d--n if they do! ( Cheers.)...

.....Yes, these G--d d--d sons of d--d puritan stock will learn their fate, .... I defy & damn them all to Hell. (roars & yells.) Yes, that large red flag denotes our purpose to press the matter even to blood, - the large lone white star in the centre denotes the purity of our purpose, & the words "Southern Rights" above it clearly indicate the righteousness of our principles.



.... I am now enjoying the proudest moments of my life, - ......... I will be there to support all your acts & assist completing the overthrow of that hellish party, & in crushing out the last sign of dammed abolitionism in the territory of Kanzas. - (Three times Yells for Atchison.)



END OF SPEECH


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DISCUSSION
&
COMMENTS


It is NOT just this speech at the time -- Atchison and his friends said and wrote things like this before and after this speech, though not quite so proudly and candidly.
 Who killed whom? And why?  

Sound like state's rights to you?



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David Rice Atchison -- US Senator,  stupidly (yes stupidly) known by most history teachers today for being, technically,  President of the US for one day.   

Atchison was the guy who got the all important Kansas Nebraska Bill passed -- which according to many (including Lincoln in his House Divided Speech) was the first step in forcing slavery into Kansas and beyond.    Then Atchison went to Kansas, eventually killing, and bragging about it, to spread slavery. 

Atchison gave this  powerful speech to his group of Texas killers, just before one of three killing sprees into Kansas. 


Proudest day of his life? That's what he said.

Killing to spread slavery?   That's what he said.

Hired men from Texas, to do the will of the "South"?

That's what he said.







Atchison was outspoken -- not so much on the floor of the US Senate, when he and Stephen A Douglass pushed through Kansas Nebraska Bill.    But in Kansas, he could be blunt as hell.



This was not the only time Atchison bragged of killing -- he said if this didn't work, he would get 5,000 men, come back, and kill "every damn abolitionist in the territories".



Keep in mind -- Kansas whites voted against slavery time, and time again, and Atchison knew very well most folks there were against slavery.  Don't forget that, because you are taught by stupid people that there was some kind of "disagreement"  or "problem" in Kansas, where the two groups were "unable to reach an agreement.



Orwell much? Atchison was killing to spread slavery, and killing to stop people from speaking against slavery.   Your history teacher wants to make it seem complicated -- no, it wasn't. The excuses are complicated. The bullshit people make up is complicated.  Atchison was killing for the reason he said -- to spread slavery, and spread it to California and the entire west. 



.  Kind of refreshing, because others used Orwellian double speak to justify or say much the same thing.



Not Atchison -- Im killing to spread slavery, Im working for the "present administration"    and Im here to kill anyone and everyone who speaks against slavery.



You might be surprised --Jefferson Davis, then Secretary of war, paid them.  And by the way, Jeff Davis never repudiated anything Atchison did, but rather defended it, in that slick way he had, as claiming  You might have heard that Southern leaders cared about state's rights?  Not so much. 




"For the South and the present administration, we take the war into the center of the country"   




 Keep in mind, this was five years BEFORE the Civil War.   

It seems unreal, right, no way. NO WAY.  You would have heard of this, right?



Well you should have. The speech itself wasn't known then, but the killings and terror he caused were known, well known. 

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But Atchison was much more than a killer in Kansas.


 He and Stephen A Douglas, his good friend from Illinois, passed the famous "Kansas Nebraska" bill, which they claimed gave those nice people in Kansas the "right to vote, up or down"  on slavery.    Popular sovereignty, they cried. They didn't care "one iota" said Douglas, what the people in Kansas decided, they just wanted the "wisdom of the local people to decide".



Sounded wonderful -- right?  Douglas even said no one believed Kansas would vote for slavery, there were no slaves there, no cotton,  and the climate and soil were not what slave owners wanted.   They just did it (opened up slavery for a vote)  for the "principle"  of local control, or popular sovereignty.

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JEFF DAVIS --
POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY CAN NOT RULE IN KANSAS

 Blacks are not persons -- per Jeff Davis.

Oh you didn't know about Davis "logic" that Kansas voters had no right to keep slavery out?  

It did not matter what Kansas voters wanted, or not, said Davis.  Blacks were "not persons" and indeed, they were officially "property"  per the Dred Scott decision.   

As property, Davis claimed, slavery had to be protected.  Kansas "must accept and respect" slavery -- Davis said in 1856, in 1861, and in 1870.  Davis never wavered in that. 

Look at this -- his own book.  



But Jefferson Davis didn't go along with popular soverienty, for Kansas.   Davis claimed that made all the difference.


It was Jeff Davis than named Atchison "General of Law and Order".  It was also Jeff Davis who financed the men from Texas - and sent them to Kansas for the expressed purpose of pushing slavery in to Kansas, well aware most people in Kansas did not want slavery.

Douglas backed Atchison in Kansas, by the way, claiming idiotically his good friend "was the kindest man I ever met -- and the most patriotic".    Keep in mind, Atchison says in his speech, he hates the US flag, and rides under a red flag, red for the blood he would spill to spread slavery.  





EXCUSE
VS
REASON


Difference between an excuse -- vs -- reason.

This may be over the head of most "history teachers"  but there is a difference between what lying bastards claim to be the reason, in public(we just love popular sovereignty, Atchison, Douglas and Davis said earlier) and what the same lying bastards boast about, in private.(kill to stop popular sovereignty, is what they did after Atchison went to Kansas) 



ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SOURCE




This depicts the last of three killing sprees into Lawrence -- Atchison led and paid for the first


Atchison's goal, and he tells his men in bombast terms what his goal is, is to spread slavery, and silence opposition to it, by force.     Does that sound like he was for "state's rights".  


Atchison was "General of Law and Order" in Kansas, during these killings. He used men, mostly from Texas, to do the killings.   He and his men were paid by the Secretary of War.

Stephen A Douglas was Chairman of House and Senate Committee on Kansas Territory, a very powerful position, where he controlled what the Congress of the US even considered regarding Kansas.   

Douglas prevented -- deliberately -- documents to accept Kansas into the USA as a free state, that the people in Kansas voted for, while his friend Atchison was killing folks in Kansas.

Only when Douglas lost his Chairmanship, and could no longer stop Congress from acting on statehood for Kansas as a free state, did Kansas come into the US, as a free state, just before Lincoln took office.  

 Bet your history teacher has no clue about that, either.

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Actually, Atchison's speech should be read aloud to every history class in the USA, as well as Jefferson's Davis demands to spread slavery in Kansas, even after Kansas fought and voted 95% against slavery.

You thought it was about state's rights, didn't ya?  Your history teachers told you that, didn't they?

   No -- Southern leader hated states rights, when Kansas tried to keep slavery out. 
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Southern leader US Senator David Rice Atchison  said the most joyous day of his life, was when he could kill to spread slavery.

"For the South and the present administration, we take the war into the center of the country"   

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No one disputes this is Davis Rice Atchison's speech, nor that he did exactly what he was bragged about -- kill to spread slavery.  And kill for the SOUTH, with the approval of, direction of "the present administration".

 Nor does anyone dispute he worked for Jefferson Davis. 



ORWELL RIDES IN 1856


Usually, Southern leaders were more clever in speaking than Atchison, more Orwellian.  As you can see here, Atchison could be stunningly candid and proud when speaking to his  hired killers.  Davis  was a wordsmith, and could convince the stupid then -- and even fool people now -- that he cared about states rights. Dumb ass, he was KILLING to stop state's rights.

As Civil War grew closer, others in the South got more candid, like Alexander Stephens in Cornerstone speech.

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Some of the "DAMN DOGS"   Atchison wanted killed, got away -- here is a picture of the surviving dogs, in 1890.


SOME SURVIVING "DAMNED DOGS"
  OF LAWRENCE
IN 1890


"We will continue to lynch, hang, tar and feather, drown every white livered abolitionist who dares pollute our soil "

Jefferson Davis paid for the killers --and later justified his efforts to spread slavery into Kansas, though in repeated votes, 95%+ of white males voted against slavery in Kansas.

Bet you didn't know that either.   








It would take a while for Kansas white males to get guns, and fight back.   But they did -- certain men left Atchison, like the early governor of KS, named by Jeff Davis, when he saw the killings were about one thing -- to spread slavery by force, into Kansas, the people of which were clearly and overwhelmingly anti slavery.







  Southern leaders wanted Kansas as a slave state -- and the rest of the West -- as slave states, all the way to California.





DRED SCOTT DECISION

Push had come to shove -- and the Taney Court had to "settle the dispute" so no amount of votes in Kansas could keep slavery out.

WHen it was clear Kansas voters were against slavery -- by repeated votes -- that changed everything.

How to pretend you were for popular sovereignty, but then ignore the overwhelming votes against slavery?

The South's solutions - - Dred Scott decision.

 The Dred Scott decision ordered-- yes ordered-- the federal government to "protect it" -- protect slavery.   This is from the Dred Scott decision. Shame on every "history" teacher you ever had, that did not tell you. 

Blacks not persons -- blacks are property. See for yourself.  Go on, see.  This is from the order -- not the "dicta" . This language is in the COURT ORDER.




Bet you didn't know that.


"THE CONSTITUTION RECOGNIZES SLAVES AS PROPERTY -- AND PLEDGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT IT"  - Dred Scott ruling



  Bet your history teacher never told you the US Supreme Court -- literally  pledged the US government to protect slavery -- never mind that 98% of people in Kansas opposed slavery..

The Taney court PLEDGED the government to protect slavery in Kansas.  And found -- completely out of thin air -- that the Constitution recognizes slaves as not persons, but property.

Did you know that? Hell no you didn't.

But this is exactly how Jefferson Davis explained it, himself.



BLACK S so inferior they were not persons, but property.


ONE LITTLE PROBLEM.

 The Dred Scott decision -- claiming blacks were not persons -- was not the law of the land when Davis and Atchison were killing in Kansas. Only when Davis and Atchison failed to get Kansas in as a slave state, did the Southerners on SCOTUS go to work.

It was two years  AFTER Davis and Atchison got the killings in Kansas going.   Dred Scott came out March 1857,  Atchison and Davis were killing from 1855 on.

Only when Atchison and Davis failed to get slavery into Kansas, did Davis and his friend Roger Taney then use the Dred Scott decision to do by fraud and vile use of the courts, what they could NOT do by killing.   Remember that, cause your history teacher sure as hell does not know.


REPEAT     Dred Scott decision "pledged,"  aka ordered,  the federal government to "protect" slavery, even though in Kansas 98% of the people there were against slavery.

Here it is again.  This is from the actual decision.  Remember that. 




Seriously, blacks are NOT PERSONS?  

Officially, by decree -- of the United States Supreme Court blacks are NOT PERSONS BUT ARE PROPERTY


And you never heard that -- did you?    Hell no.   

Yet Lincoln shouted out the injustice and horror of this decision -- because it said blacks were NOT PERSONS.  

So why -- please tell me why -- the fuck we are not taught this in history class?

Please -- does anyone know?  We are NOT taught the ugly truths about Southern leaders-- not about Davis, not about Roger Taney, not about David Atchison.  

Is your history teachers stupid?  No -- but history teachers are paid to repeat narratives -- they are not paid to think or look at original sources.   This whitewashing of US history is an affront to the people who died as a result of he killing to spread slavery.  Some of what we learn is not history at all, but based the myths Southern school boards don't object to.

It goes beyond Southern School boards, however.  Mainstream historians, like supposed Lincoln expert Eric Foner - idiotically -- says Dred Scott was a "rather narrow ruling" about citizenship.  Fucking idiot.  Really, he is a fucking idiot. 

Narrow ruling?   A ruling that ordered the federal government to see blacks as not humans?  The ruling said nine different ways blacks are so inferior they are property, and then ORDERED the government to protect slavery, despite overwhelming votes and pubic rejection of slavery. How the hell is that a narrow ruling?   

That's narrow?  Either Foner is an idiot, a liar, or he never read the decision -- which is probably the case. Seriously, he would not the first "historian" to not bother to read the document he it telling others about. Foner would have to read it, because this part of the decision, where Taney orders blacks to be seens as property, not persons, is not mentioned in most text books. And the parts -- 9 times -- claiming blacks are inferior beings, that too is not mentioned in text books. Foner apparently reads texts books, regurgitates them, acts like he is some kind of historian. He isn't any more a historian as anyone else who relies on text books for his material.

Narrow ruling -- sure as hell Davis bragged otherwise -- and used that logic to kill, and keep killing.How is that narrow?

Idiotically, Foner specifically gets it wrong, saying Dred Scott prohibited Congress from outlawing slavery in Kansas.  Fucking hell - the Dred Scott decision ORDERED blacks to be seen as non human -- as property.

How does Foner miss that? It's IN THE FUCKING DECISION. 

And Davis bragged out the ass about it. And LIncoln exposed it.  How do you miss that?  Foner did.

And the SAME part of that order, declared the federal government will PROTECT SLAVERY --  not just in Kansas, but everywhere. Kansas was not an issue in DS.   The Court did not say "Just in Kansas".  Everywhere -- remember that - everywhere in US was the jurisdiction of the Taney Court.   SO it's fucking important what they said and what they specifically ruled.

And Foner gets that wrong? No wonder so many history teachers don't know their ass from a banana on this -- either do the supposed "experts". 


KANSAS FIGHTS BACK




But finally people fought back.  One of them was John Brown.

That's why Atchison had to hire -- pay - Texas men, and he speaks to them in the speech, glorifies them, tells them they are fighting for the SOUTH under a red flag to denote blood they will spill.

What is a US Senator doing with foreign troops, under the pay and orders of the Secretary of War?   They were doing exactly what David Rice Atchison was telling, and paying, them to do. Kill and terrorize.

You can make that complicated if you want, but it's actually simple.  Atchison and Davis were killing in Kansas, right after Atchison and Stephen A Douglas got the Kansas Nebraska Bill passed.

Want to give your "history teacher" a test -- ask him what role David Rice Atchison played in Kansas.   It's likely he won't even know who Atchison is, in relation to Kansas,  but if he does know, he won't know Atchison was hired by Jeff Davis to kill people who dared to speak and try to vote, against slavery. That is just not taught in US schools. 

THere were very very few slaves in Kansas -- in fact, only 2 slaves in the entire state of Kansas according to the census.  

Your "history" teacher won't know this -- but there  was NOT a group of slave owners who wanted Kansas as a slave state. 

This was a few lunatics who wanted very badly for Kansas to be a slave state, even though 90% of the people there wanted to be a free state.   Sadly, your text books give the impression there were two sides of "extremists"  -- bullshit.

There were the Kansas farmers who wanted to be free -- and yes, EVENTUALLY they fought back.  But the killing sprees came first, a basic fact your history teachers is unaware of.  It took a while for Kansas farmers to fight back.

John Brown's sons started to fight back, and John Brown's brother was killed by Atchison's men.  John Brown went to Kansas and started fighting back.   The way this is presented in most text books, is some crazy guy (John Brown) started killing.   He did kill -- after several killing sprees by Atchison, yes.  And if he did NOT fight back, the history of the US would have been drastically different.  

The killing sprees would have worked, if not for men like John Brown. 

Remember that too. 


No one disputes this is his speech, nor that he led these men into Kansas to do exactly as he said -- kill to spread slavery.  He tried his best, he just could not kill them all.


It took about a year, but Kansas men finally fought back effectively, against Atchison, and Davis paid thugs. Then, like most cowards who urge others to kill and die --Atchison ran away from the fight.  The  US Senator who was so brave when urging others to kill and die -- ran back to Texas, when he couldnt outnumber his victims 10 or 100 to 1.   

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"You heard of it, but in a whitewashed way, as "Trouble in Kansas" -- an Orwellian way to describe paid killing sprees to stop speech against slavery."

  "Southern school boards have never allowed the ugly truth in text books, like the speech about  1700 killers in Kansas, paid by Jefferson Davis to kill people who voted and spoke against slavery.."
Bet you never heard about the killing sprees to spread slavery -- led by former US Senator, paid for by Jeff Davis as Secretary of War.


So why --we want to know why -- are the bragging about the killings, and the killings themselves -- not mentioned in an honest way in US text books?  


Davis BOASTED, in that smooth double talk, that blacks were "inferior beings" and ordained by God to be enslaved. Davis claimed that it was proper to force slavery into Kansas, despite votes of 98% against slavery in Kansas,because of the Dred Scott decision. 

Yet, even before Dred Scott decision, Davis was killing in Kansas - via hired killers -- to stop people from even speaking against slavery. 

 Yes, he was, as you will see.   So as vile as Dred Scott decision was, Davis used that after his paid killers were already killing. 

Why not explain that in our US text books?


Good question. We answer that, after the speech by David Rice Atchison, about his killing sprees. 


According to Jefferson Davis -- it did not matter if 95% of the people in Kansas were against slavery.   Did you read his book about it? I bet you didn't. 
DAVIS 'LOGIC'

But Davis had an excuse for that --did you know how Davis justified spreading slavery into Kansas?  He justified it, in his own book "Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.  

Southern apologist still today quote Davis on "State's RIghts"  and never dare deal with Davis killing to PREVENT state's rights. Hell, Davis killed to prevent free speech-- he sure as hell didn't care about state's rights.

 Did  Davis know KS  whites rejected slavery overwhelmingly? HELL YES he knew. That's why he sent the killers, that's why he sent Atchison -- because he knew!

 Later, Davis would claim he was simply doing "what the Constitution required".   





Davis -- in his own book -- Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government -- explained his view (his excuse actually) on why the South could demand the spread of slavery into Kansas, even when 90% or more of the people there voted against it, and even when the people in Kansas fought a bloody war for years -- against the killers Davis sent.

Remember -- this is from Davis own book. He wrote this.   It's in his own book.



BECAUSE blacks were not human beings, they were property.  Don't blame me for that --and are not "part of the people".  

That's what Taney had written -- in the Dred Scott decision.  



Indeed, Davis was right -in that his buddy Roger Taney wrote that blacks are NOT persons for purposes of the US Constitution.

Davis boasted of the Dred Scott decision -- and he boasted of it, because it really did say blacks are inferior beings, and it really did claim blacks are not persons, but property.

You are not taught that either. 



Slaves are PROPERTY -- not human beings.   Not persons,   Taney actually wrote the words NOT PERSONS.









According to Davis -- slaves were not human beings -- not persons.  They were "inferior beings" because the Supreme Court of the United States said so -- really.  And Davis had a point -- that is indeed what the US Supreme Court ruled.





Taney wrote -- "The Constitution of the United States [hereby] recognizes slaves as property -- and pledges the Federal Government to protect it.

HERE THAT IS -- this is from the order of the court.   This is a jpeg from the order, this is NOT someone giving their opinion, this is the decision ITSELF.



Bet you didn't know the SCOTUS said blacks were inferior beings, did you? Hell no, they don't teach that.






Killing  people who spoke against slavery?   You mean a US Senator and Jefferson Davis had people killed for speaking against slavery? Uh -- exactly.

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And Atchison was not some nut working alone -- as you will see, he was funded by Jefferson Davis, who was then Secretary of War for the US. 

Nor was this an isolated series of events -- this was the basic push, vs the basic shove.   Davis and Southern leaders decided Kansas would be their killing ground, to push slavery there by force, because Davis himself controlled the US Army, as Secretary of War.

What Davis could not get done by the US Army, he would get done by his paid killers, from Texas.  

Davis killers -- hired by Atchison -- were an illegal army of 1700 men, from Texas, flying under a foreign flag, paid by Jefferson Davis as Secretary of War, led by a US Senator. 

 Sounds preposterous, right?

Only preposterous because you have never learned, nor did your history teacher, some of the ugly violent "details" of Southern leaders rabid efforts to spread slavery.

It was common knowledge at the time.   

Atchison's speech fit  nicely with his other comments at the time, and perfectly with his own supporters statements.   Remember that -- no one, not Jefferson Davis, not Atchison, not Atchison's supporters, claim he did not say or do what he said in the speech.

It's  just that this speech has largely been glossed over -- yet it's a gold mine of who paid the killers, where the killers were from, and why and who they killed.


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Atchison and his buddies in Kansas were not shy -- they were loud and proud -- they were trying to scare the shit out of 10,000 Kansas farmers, and the louder they were, the more extreme the speech, they hoped to kill enough, but  scare the rest.

That's a definition of terrorism -- and Atchison was no less a terrorist because he was paid by Jefferson Davis.

Luckily the original transcript of his speech still exists. 

  Furthermore, newspapers in Kansas reported Atchison's killings, and the bragging of other involved, like this. The newspaper clip below, is a quote from Atchison's right hand man, he too, bragging of killing, and for the same reason.


WE will continue to lynch hang,.... drown .... every abolitionist who dares pollute our soil."

For killers -- these guys were honest.  Unlike politicians, like Davis, who could make stupid people believe killing to spread slavery, and slavery itself, was ordained by God and the Constitution.

But then, remember this,  Atchison and the other killers were trying to terrorize -- scare the crap out of most of the farmers, kill who resisted.  And as you will see, they had the "authorities" on their side, in Washington. 

The killers did not fear the US Army -- because the guy who led the US Army was Secretary of War, and he was the guy who PAID Atchison and these men.     

US SOLDIERS WOULD NOT KILL FOR DAVIS.

Davis had sent the Army to disperse Kansas farmers trying to form a state government -- but those soldiers would not do what Atchison's killers would -- kill.

Remember that.  Davis did use the US Army as much as he could, but the US Army would not actually kill people for speaking against slavery -- that is why Atchison had to get men from Texas, and pay them.   They were NOT regular troops, they wore no uniform, and they rode under the Confederate flag, and Texas flag -- as you can tell from the speech. 

Your "history" teacher has no clue of any of that.    It's astonishing, really, how stupid most "history" teachers are about this aspect of the Civil War -- the violent spread of slavery, by killers, who were financed by Jefferson Davis when he was Secretary of War.

So your teacher would also not know about Davis defense of killings in Kansas -- and his defense was the Dred Scott decision, never mind that it came out AFTER  the killing sprees started. So your teacher would miss that too. 

  It took the Civil War to stop this shit -- and Lawrence was attacked repeatedly during the Civil War, eventually burned to the grown, and all men who resisted, and caught, were killed. 

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WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT?? 


The original is in the vault  at Kansas Historical Society.  
The speech looks like this.  CLICK TO SEE SPEECH @ KS HISTORY SITE     

Southern leaders KILLED to spread slavery, and spent a lot of money, time and effort, for years to spread slavery into Kansas. 


And they BRAGGED of it.   Out the ass, in public, and for years.

It wasn't a secret -- to anyone.  It might SEEM like a secret now,  because the killing sprees to spread slavery are not mentioned in our US text books -- at least, not in a candid way.

And the speeches by the killers themselves, you will not find in any US text book.

 From 1854, all the way up to, and then through, the US CIvil War, Jefferson Davis himself was obsessed -- as you will see -- with spreading slavery into Kansas. Even after the war, for the rest of his life, he insisted slavery should have been forced into Kansas, as he claimed slavery was, by decree of the United States Surpreme Court, a "protected right" and the federal government, under Lincoln, should have protected slavery in Kansas, even AFTER Kansas whites voted again, and again, and again, to reject slavery.

Davis was a lunatic about spreading slavery -- see his actions, and his words, below.

Remember this -- Davis insisted Kansas whites had no right to reject slavery.   Don't believe that bullshit about Davis defending states rights -- he hated states rights when Kansas rejected slavery.

Even though, as you will also see, 98% of the white males in Kansas were against slavery.

Of course,  this is contrary to the narrative (a bullshit narrative) that Southern leaders cared about state's rights. 


Your text books always mention bullshit about "state's rights".  Actually, Southern leaders hated states rights when a state rejected slavery, and killed -- as you see above -- to STOP state's rights.

Don't believe that crap about Southern leaders concern for state's rights -- it was a lie then, and is a lie now.  Jeff Davis and other leaders actually killed to SUPRESS  state's rights.  Don't let history teacher get away with the nonsense about "many reasons" for civil war, and a "difference of opinion" about state's rights.

 Actions speak louder than words, particularly murder, killing, at terrorizing actions.  It's disgusting that we are given boooshit in our text books

   Yes, Southern leaders used words -- the bastards were word smiths, smooth lying bastards.   But they terrorized, killed, and BRAGGED of killing at the time -- when people in Kansas rejected slavery. Don't forget that.

    Nor was it "one or two extremist" who did the killing. Jeff Davis sent Atchison to Kansas, to do exactly that -- to kill to spread slavery.



Yes, US Senator David Atchison, in 1856, had 1700 men, hired mostly from Texas, killing and terrorizing folks in Kansas.

Bet your history teacher "forgot" to tell you.  If your teacher told much, they likely used the narrative to "Trouble in Kansas"  or "Border Wars".


That narrative -- as you will see -- is nearly Orwellian nonsense.   This was not "trouble" ;  this was a well financed killing spree by a US Senator and later Confederate general, that lasted for nine years. 


Nor was this a "Border" dispute.  As Atchison bragged of, this was about the spread of slavery.  He didn't say a damn word about borders, but he said a lot of words about killing to terrorize and spread slavery. 

Another bit of misdirection -- you might have heard of "Border Ruffians".    Yes they were called that.   But the connotation of that term now, is some midly aggressive folks.

No, these were killers -- and they were hired for that purpose.  You can see for yourself how Atchison makes that clear in his speech to those killers



Atchison's speeches tells you who they would kill, who paid them, and why -- and he was bragging of it.

Who killed who-- and why.  By a man that was doing the killing -- not bad for real history.



This is not some new finding -- everyone  knew this at the time -- as you will see, from Charles Sumner's "Crimes Against Kansas Speech" delivered the day BEFORE this particular killing spree. 

Bet your history teacher will say he/ she knows "all about" Crimes Against Kansas" speech.   But I bet he/she can't tell you what it was about .

Sadly, the "who killed who" and "why" part of these killing sprees has been replaced by the narrative we showed above -- double talk about "conflict" and essentially saying both  sides were "extremists".

Bullshit. The killers were all hired-- and paid.   They were paid by Jeff Davis.  They were led by David Rice Atchison.  They killed people who even SPOKE against slavery.

That whole bullshit narrative about "extremist" on both sides is almost as vile as the killings themselves.    Yes, finally, people DID fight back -- of course.  They had to fight back or move out of Kansas.  Many of them did die



You can easily be fooled if you don't know that facts. 

Unless you learn of the ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS 

  Even before Sumner was beaten almost to death, on the Senate floor no less, the killing and oppression in Kansas was well known.

Atchison's  Lawrence killings was a whole new level of killing -- because for the first time, as you will see in his speech, he is using killers from Texas.   These killers did not go away, some of them stayed up to and through the US Civil War.

And just like Atchison focused on Lawrence Kansas, the killers he brought up from Texas, also focused on Lawrence during the Civil War. These guys were real, real pissed, that people in Lawrence stood up to them.

That's another thing you history teacher likely doesn't know.



Point is --  Atchison was loud and proud of it, as you will see in his speech.  

Yeah, Atchison gave a proud speech about the killings -and he had already killed.  This was not his first killing, nor would it be his last.  This is the one we have his speech about.

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Ironically -- and pathetically - Jefferson Davis was so good at Orwellian bullshit, his words (carefully selected) still fool stupid people today, even though some consider themselves "history teachers". 

This is as basic as it gets-- this is not "out of context" or some nut on his own.  This is US Senator, working with Jefferson Davis, then Secretary of War, to kill folks who just spoke against slavery in Kansas.

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Remember -- as you can see from his speech -- Atchison used men from Texas to terrorize and kill the men in Kansas. 

Why?  To spread slavery.

 Why men from Texas?   Because he could not hire men from Kansas to do the killing.   Later votes in Kansas showed that 90% plus of white men in Kansas rejected slavery --  another tid bit your history teacher won't tell you, mostly because of stupidity.

Atchison never met the killers from Texas before this speech --as you can tell from the speech itself.  They were newly hired.

Although Atchison had hired some men from Missouri, there were not nearly enough to spread the terror necessary. 

Atchiton bragged to these men that they would be well paid, and that they rode under the Texas and Confederate flag -- that he hated the US flag, and that he was doing these killing for the "authorities" -- meaning Jefferson Davis, who had named Atchison General of Law and Order.

That's right -- Atchison boasted out the ass about what flag he rode under, when he killed.   And he detested the US flag -- yet he worked for the Secretary of War of he United States as he killed.  

NO SURPRISE THEN - WELL DOCUMENTED 

This would surprise no one in 1856.  

In fact, Charles Sumner gave one of the most famous speeches in US history (your teacher will claim he knows "all"  this speech, but likely never read it) about Atchison and killing in Kansas. 

  Ironically, Sumner gave his speech about previous killings in Kansas   --- Sumner gave his speech  the day before Atchison invasion and massacre of Lawrence.   In other words, after Sumner was beaten almost to death on the Senate floor for exposing the crimes in Kansas, Atchison's most lethal killing sprees began, with the help of his newly hired Texas killers.   


SUMNER DELIVERED THIS SPEECH
"The Crimes Against Kansas" 
THE TWO DAYS BEFORE ATCHISON KILLING SPREE

This was not even denied by Southern leaders in 1856-57-58. 

 Jefferson Davis would forever defend his actions (via Atchison) in Kansas.   Davis, of course, would not have given the honest speech pep-talk to kill.  Davis would have, and did, phrase his killing sprees in Orwellian double speak.

Also, Congressional hearings later, had testimony about Atchison's statements -- including other statements, like he would bring 5000 men back  next time, and kill everyone against slavery (apparently he was not happy with the results of his 1700 men).



Bet you didn't know the SCOTUS ordered slavery protected in Kansas, even though 95% plus votes against slavery there.  Hell no, they don't teach that.

It's not some conspiracy -- it's just the bullshit narrative that US text books and most history teachers stupidly repeat.  And repeat. And repeat.  

LINCOLN EXPOSED IT -- 

Lincoln exposed this vile "machinery"  as he called it -- go read in House Divided Speech.  Or any of the LIncoln Douglas debates -- this is what Lincoln was talking about.  


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WHAT ATCHISON DID BEFORE THE KILLINGS

Atchison was a slave owner from Texas, who moved to Missouri and became US Senator, back when the public didn't vote for Senators -- the state legislature did. He was violent, crude, but honest about what he did. He said who he was going to kill, then he did. He explained why he was going to kill.

He did not mince words -- unlike his political bosses, who were word mincing experts, as you will see. 

Atchison is the guy who -- with Stephen A Douglas -- got Kansas Nebraska Bill passed. Doubtless your history teacher will pretend he knows "ALL" about that.  

Yet the guy that gets Kansas bill passed, rushes out to Kansas, raises an army from Texas, and invades Kansas, then  BRAGS about killing.   


SO THAT'S STATE'S RIGHTS??


Jefferson Davis gave glorious speeches about  "state's rights".  Idiotically, we are told in our text books, Southern leaders cared about state's rights -- because in speeches, that's what they SAID.

Well -- some speeches they said that, yes.  But in some speeches they bragged of killing to STOP states rights.    Why not learn about those speeches?

Yes -- it's ugly, it's violent -- but  why the  hell not learn about what the bastards DID?   

Seems our our text book "historians" are unable to deal with ACTIONS.  Eeasier to take a quote -- then pretend that speaker meant what they said.  Clue #1 in history -- people often use excuses -- to kill, to oppress, to enslave.   So study what they DO, not just their cute little for-publication speeches.

 This is especially true with slave owners. Why the hell do we just quote their lofty sounding BS?   Davis spoke about "state's rights" but his actions including killing to prevent state's rights. 





Stringfellow was Atchison's aide --

-- "we will continue to lynch, hang, tar and feather, drown every white livered abolitionist who dares pollute our soil "



As terrorist (Atchison and his killers were terrorists) WANTED people to know. They wanted Kansas farmers who apposed slavery dead, afraid, or gone, AND THEY SAID SO AND KILLED TO MAKE IT SO.


 Atchison, Davis, and all of them men insisted Kansas was theirs -- never mind that clearly the vast majority of white males in KS rejected slavery overwhelmingly.   

It would take a while for a few good men to fight back -- but fight back they did. 


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Charles Sumner's famous "Crimes Against Kansas" speech,  named Atchison specifically --  and Sumner was beaten almost to death on the Senate floor, moments after the speech. Just like Atchison's main goal was to close newspapers and prevent speech against slavery, as you will see.
SUMNER DELIVERED THIS SPEECH
"The Crimes Against Kansas" 
THE TWO DAYS BEFORE ATCHISON KILLING SPREE




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Davis claimed local people could not decide the issue -- therefore, it did not matter what the people in Kansas wanted.   See much more about Davis "logic" below. 




The problem is, we do NOT teach from original documents --- especially the history of killing to spread slavery, that was the overarching reality of political and military life from 1800-1865.  


SOUTHERN SCHOOL BOARDS EDIT US TEXT BOOKS


You MIGHT have heard about Charles Sumner being beaten on Senate floor -- but I bet you didn't grasp what he was beaten for.

He was beaten because he gave the "Crimes Against Kansas" speech --  exactly what David Atchison was bragging about, in his speech, Sumner was exposing on the Senate floor.  

So it's not like this is a "detail" -- or a temporary event, or the actions of one killer, or even one group of killers.  

This was an ongoing  effort by Southern leaders to spread slavery --by any means, including, proudly, killing to stop people from rejecting slavery in Kansas. 

HATE DEMAGOGUES 

The problem was the rhetoric -- the speeches, books and documents -- written by hate mongers, who could convince Southerners they were going to be killed -- really -- if slavery did not SPREAD. 

You heard right - Southern speakers, like Davis, Yancey, Toombs, A. Stephens, could get crowds cheering, chanting, bragging about their hate.   






It's no accident that the FIRST thing Davis and Confederate leaders did, still in Montgomery where they created the Confederacy, was to demand the SPREAD of slavery into Kansas. 

That was not the second, or third thing they did -- that was the FIRST thing they did.



It was not a side issue, then or before. 

No one was surprised -- literally no one -- that Southern leaders demanded the spread of slavery into Kansas.  New York papers the next day suggested Lincoln OBEY the Five Ultimatums, as SOuthern papers called them.

That's right SOUTHERN newspapers called these "The Five Ultimatums"  and the first two were about the spread of slavery into Kansas.  Keep in mind, Southern leaders knew very well that Kansas rejected slavery by war and by vote, the vote was 98% against slavery.

Yeah -- you heard about "popular sovereignty" and "states rights".

Try to grasp this -- those lovely sounding platitudes did not line up with the years of killing and terror in KS. You might be surprised to know, people ALWAYS have lovely sounding excuses and Orwellian double talk, when they kill, oppress, and enslave.

Stupidly, you are taught the platitudes uttered by men like Jefferson Davis and Stephen A Douglas.  Sadly, you are not taught about what they did.  Shame on the text books that push the bullshit, and don't even mention their actions. 


The SPREAD of slavery was a violent issue, just like slavery itself was based on violence.  The men who enslaved, tortured, whipped, and boasted God ordained it, were the same men who pushed for more slavery, more territory to have their slaves.  

Your history books never told you that simple fact.

Southern leaders promised violence again, and again for decades, over the same reason -- to spread slavery.

ORWELLIAN COMPROMISE  

You probably heard about  the "Compromises" of 1820 and 1850  - but you didn't know they were compromises like a 7-11 robbery is a compromise.   Each time Southern leaders promised violence if they could not spread slavery. Each time they had enough power in Congress -- and slave owners or apologist in White House -- that they got what they wanted. 

Remember that.

White males in the North were racists too -- they sure as hell were not going to fight the Taliban of the day  (Confederate leaders) over black slavery.  Why bother?   

Lincoln's biggest problem would be  how to harness the energy and power of the North, to get rid of slavery.   Southern leaders made it impossible for Lincoln to ignore the spread of slavery - -in fact, before he even took office, Confederate leaders had killed, tortured, attacked. 

Lincoln was willing to do ANYTHING to keep the Union together, because the only way the South could spread slavery was to dissolve the Union.  The only way to push slavery any further, was to end any influence of the North.   Push had come to shove.

With Lincoln in office -- as Davis knew -- he would not allow Davis and other killers to roam free in Kansas or the West.  Up to Lincoln, Southern scum had their way, because they had control of the White House and the Army.  Davis himself was Secretary of War for the killing sprees in Kansas.

We have white washed all that -- the narrative we use in US text books is STILL to this day, controlled or heavily influenced by Southern school boards.  Really. 

There is no one alive today who, in the USA, learned in school the harsh and violent ongoing efforts to spread slavery -- including killing those who spoke against slavery.   Instead, we give boooshit about "many causes"  and "states rights"

Nonsense -- when Atchison was bragging about killing, he was clear --they killed to spread slavery. They killed to rid the "western world" of every god damn abolitionist -- by death if they had to.  He was there, he was being candid, we should listen to people like that. 


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 WHY THIS      MATTERED

This is conjecture -- of course -- but if Davis and Atchison could have gotten slavery pushed into Kansas, and as they wanted, the rest of the West, there would be no need for them to secede.   As you will see, even in 1861, Confederate leaders were STILL demanding the spread of slavery into Kansas, as a war ultimatum.  (See below).

Once people in Kansas fought back, and once it was clear Davis could NOT push slavery by the technique he wanted (terror and the Dred Scott decision)   secession became inevitable.   Davis would need a full army to do what he wanted -- not just 1700 unreliable thugs from Texas that Atchison found. 

And Jeff Davis himself fairly said so -- Davis wrote, in his own book -- that the resistance to the SPREAD of slavery  in KANSAS was the "INTOLERABLE GRIEVANCE"   that made it necessary to secede. That -- and the supposed disregard for Dred Scott decision. 

See more about that, below.


POWER OF INTERNET OF THE DAY 

In 1856 -- the difference was, interestingly -- the telegraph. You don't realize this, but by 1856 most  US  cities were "online" by telegraph. What happened in Kansas on Tuesday, was known in New York by Wednesday, and all over by Friday or the next week.

So when Atchison tortured and killed people in Lawrence, the next day or two, people all over knew something about it.   When Jeff Davis and Franklin Pierce defended killers -- using lofty language or not -- people knew what the hell was going on.

That's how Charles Sumner knew so much about the Kansas killings - those BEFORE Atchison went on his first large scale killing spree.  The "Crimes against Kansas Speech"  was the most famous speech leading up to the Civil War, other than Lincoln's House Divided Speech, which was about the same issue -- the spread of slavery by violence and fraud.  

So news about killings in Kansas -- the tortures, the arson, the promises of more killing -- got around.   Before that, when spreading slavery by violence before, no one could be sure what the hell was going on.  Slave power could do what they wanted, and no one could stop them, few could even know what went on.

 The violence, the killing, did not start in 1856,  slavery was itself a violent enterprise and always was - no matter what you saw in Gone With The Wind.

You need to understand -- slave owners  got their way by violence, by torture, by killing, or the threat of it.    They used the same mentality - and cruelty - in spreading slavery to more and more land.

 Even "moderates" like Lee regularly had slaves whipped (yes, he did    LEE CRUEL CLICK

Every new state coming into the Union was an epic battle of it's own -- and just like in KS, slave power used killing and violence to spread it.  Kansas folks, as stated, got the news out, even if they had to go to St. Louis or Quincy  to use the telegraph, they did.

Once any newspaper had the story -- it was also picked up by other papers, information flowed with astonishing speech, compared to all times of previous history.   The role of the telegraph, and how it helped defeat the spread of slavery, is a stunning topic, by itself. 

As ever new state came into the Union, slave vs free  nearly caused wars several times before the Civil War, with Southern leaders being more like the "American Taliban".  Southern leaders were feared, the slave owners were the violent bullies -- killing politicians, beating Sumner almost to death on the Senate floor.  

These guys -- the slave power folks - DID NOT BLUFF.  The leaders themselves were often cowards - but they did not back down. Davis would send - as you can see - 1700 killers to Kansas. He was  not about to back down from his promise of spread of slavery into Kansas. 

We have white washed this  80 years of violence  to spread that preceded the Civil War.  That should stop. 

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Atchison  could not kill all the people against slavery --- as you will see, 98% of the people in Kansas in 1856 were against slavery.  Even with 1700 men, he could not kill 10,000 men.

Atchison was really a terrorist -- kill as many as you need to -- make it loud and proud, to frighten the rest.  And he was loud and proud about it.

When the people of Kansas kept speaking against slavery anyway, Atchison promised he would come back and kill them all -- with 5000 men. 

The terror Atchison used didn't work. It almost worked.  


WHO WAS ATCHISON WORKING FOR?

As you can see, from Atchison's own speech, he was working for Jefferson Davis and Franklin Pierce, then US President. He tells his men that,  even brags that they (Pierce and Davis) and the "entire South" wants this war carried into Kansas!     

What war?  The Civil War is five years away. 

The point is, Atchison was not just some kook who liked to kill.   He was a US Senator, working for the Secretary of War. (Bet you can't guess who was Secretary of War was).

What the hell is the Secretary of War doing -- sending anyone to Kansas to kill, or even interfere, in Kansas politics?   According to Davis, later, he said he was doing what was "constitutionally required". 


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AMAZING FACT: There were about 10,000 whites living in the entire Kansas Territory --over 98% of them are against slavery, as future votes will prove.  That's right -- Kansas whites were against slavery overwhelmingly.
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They killed by hanging, drowning, torture, chopping people up, and shooting.   Remember they were proud of it -- they were paid for it. 

 These were not local men with a "difference of opinion" about slavery.  That's very important to know, because as you will see, stupidly US textbooks give the impression it was a local dispute of extremists. Bullshit. Yes, Kansas men fought back -- as soon as they could. But it took a while.



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 Davis was US Secretary of War, in 1856. 
Davis named Atchison
"General of Law and Order" in Kansas



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Photo of Abraham Lincoln

As Lincoln warned -- over and over  -- if Southern leaders could get slavery spread into Kansas (see the House Divided Speech)  then no state was safe.    Lincoln warned of the Davis
logic  that meant no matter what Kansas voters voted for, no matter what they did -- Southern leaders "logic" in spreading slavery to Kansas meant no state was safe.


You may think Lincoln was wrong about Davis wanting to spread slavery in all other states -- but he was not wrong  at all.  Davis boasted more than once he would spread slavery in the North too -- and in the West.

And yes, Davis knew well that people in Kansas rejected slavery overhwelmingly.

So by the "Davis logic" that states had no right to keep slavery out (see below)  it was not just about Kansas -- but about the entire US.   Lincoln was not being an alarmist --the killings were going on for years before he gave  his House Divided Speech.

And your history teacher will claim he knows about the House Divided speech. I bet he or she doesn't have a clue that LIncoln laid out exactly the plan for Davis and his buddies to spread slavery, against the will of the people.   That's what Lincoln's house Divided Speech was, an expose of the killings and "logic" of South pushing slavery, by force if need be, into KANSAS.

And of course -- he was right.  Southern leaders bragged loudly they would spread slavery where they wanted -- that the Dred Scott decision gave them the right.    

GO TO SLEEP IN FREE STATE
   WAKE UP IN SLAVE STATE --  LINCOLN 


Southern leaders were using a "two prong" approach to spread slavery -- the Dred Scott decision, and killing.

Really. Those were the tools Southern leaders used -- Dred Scott decision, and killing.  Interestingly, Atchison's failure to kill enough people to make Kansas a slave state, very likely was  the reason Taney and Davis went so extreme in the language they used in Dred Scott case
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DAVIS CRAZY AS   HELL EVEN AFTER KANSAS ADMITTED AS FREE STATE 


Remember -- Kansas rejected slavery overwhelmingly when they finally got to vote.  Kansas entered the US as a free state in January of 1861, confirmed by Congress and the President, Buchanan.

Did even that stop Davis and South from demanding  slavery in Kansas? 

You never heard this, did you. After KS was admitted as a FREE STATE, even President Buchanan agreed to that, Congress passed it, Davis demanded Kansas accept and respect slavery anyway.

Davis never did relent and say "Oh, Kansas doesn't want slavery, okay, my bad, carry on".   Even 11 years later, when Davis wrote his book, he STILL claimed Kansas should have accepted and respected slavery, and said the resistance to slavery in Kansas was "the intolerable grievance".

Get your head around that. 


  Surprisingly, President Buchanan,  for once in his life (possibly his  hate of Douglas)  signed off on Kansas becoming a free state.

But STILL Southern leaders, especially Davis, STILL demand the spread of slavery into Kansas.  These guys are un -fucking -real. They are obsessed with pushing slavery into Kansas!


Did the Kansas voters rejecting slavery over and over, sink in, to Davis?

No - -for the rest of his life, Davis insisted Kansas should have been a slave state.  

 Did it matter that 90% and more voters rejected slavery again and again in Kansas?

No.


In fact, Davis said the resistance to the spread of slavery into KANSAS was "intolerable".   This guy was one crazy piece of shit. 



THE TRUE ISSUE -- per southern newspapers, and documents and speeches at the time -- was the spread of slavery into Kansas.  That's not what we said -- that's what the Southern leaders said at the time.  

And that was in 1861 -- five years after Atchison was killing to do that, in 1856.  Remember that.

Why aren't you taught that?   The South was proud of  it then, bragged about it then, killed to spread slavery then.

Why are we not taught what they boasted of -- and did?

Seems Southern school boards keep this kind of factual truth out of our history books.  Can't offend anyone.

And our Southern friends love to pretend Southern leaders cared about state's rights -- can't show Jeff Davis role in killing people to stop state's rights, if you show them Davis Atchison's speech and actions. 

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       Jefferson Davis and David Atchison wanted slavery IN Kansas.  

They got the help of Stephen A Douglas, to open Kansas up for slavery, in exchange for their support of railroad route that Douglas hoped would make him rich.

 When you hear about Douglas being for "popular sovereignty"  -- thats bullshit.   He helped his buddy (He and Atchison were close friends, Douglas insisted Atchison was "the kindest and most patriotic man I ever met) kill people in Kansas.    Douglas SPOKE about popular soverighty -- he never meant a word of it. 

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BASIC  FACT: There were about 10,000 whites living in the entire Kansas Territory.  About  98% of them are against slavery, as future votes will prove.  A small but violent minority of people -- almost all from out of state --tried to push Kansas to be a slave state.

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Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous abolitionist preacher of the day, called it correctly in 1856. If we allow the killers to prevail in Kansas, he essentially said, we will have Civil War all over.  Beecher wanted the killers stopped in Kansas, because that would stop the spread of slavery.

 But the killing never stopped in Kansas,  Southern leaders demanded the spread of slavery into Kansas as a war ultimatum, May of 1861.  The killing continued in Kansas all through the Civil War itself. 
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Translation "Damn Dog" = people who dared to speak against slavery.
  




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The usual way into Kansas at the time, for settlers, was the Missouri River.  But Atchison put sharpshooters on the river, and just shot anyone who tried to pass who was anti slavery

LANT TRAIL  A man named Laned created a Northern route, over land, with armed camps for people to sleep at night along the way, to protect them from Atchisons men.



Bet you didn't know that.  This article above, while true enough  fails to point out, that "pro-slavery" folks were NOT settlers, they were all hired.    
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DRED SCOTT BLOWS IT UP

The Dred Scott decision came AFTER -- remember that -- AFTER the killings in Kansas started. AFTER Atchison hired the 1700 men, AFTER  Charles Sumner was almost killed on  Senate floor, AFTER Jeff Davis paid for the killers from Kansas, and AFTER Franklin Pierce and Stephen A Douglas helped the killers.


The Taney Court wanted to "settle forever"   the question of slavery -- and they did it while the killing was going on. Jefferson Davis could not have written the decision any more perfect to spread slavery.

In fact, it's possible, though conjecture, that Davis told Taney what words to use.

Not human beings    Not persons    But property
The Taney decision declared blacks to be "so inferior" they were not human beings but "inferior" beings -- specifically, by decree PROPERTY.  More about that below. 

You never heard this in your history class did you? 

Tell the truth -- you never heard that the most important Surprem Court decision in US history, said that.  That blacks are "so inferior" they are not persons.  Not human beings, but "inferior beings".

You get some booooshit about "citizenship" -- instead of the ugly truth that per Roger Taney, blacks were not even human beings -- not persons. Literally, officially, by order of the court, NOT PERSONS but property.

Now -- why the didn't your history teacher tell you that? 

This is IN the decision itself.    That is what it SAYS!  So why didn't you know it?

Probably because  your history teacher just believe the watered down boooshit.  But all you have to do is read the damn decision itself.

 Point 4  is from the order of the court -- the "real deal" part of the decision.  Slaves are "property".

The part about "so inferior" was in the decision.   

This, however, is how Dred Scott is taught -- as a "citizenship" issue and about Congress can't exclude slavery into Kansas.


  NOT CITIZENS?  WRONG - NOT HUMANS. 

Bullshit 1 -- the order says specifically blacks are NOT PERSONS -- why the hell not mention that in history classes?

Jefferson Davis bragged about it -- Lincoln railed against it. It's not a minor point, it was the most basic point possible. Are blacks human beings, or not?  Jeff Davis said they were not -- and the SCOTUS said it too -- blacks are inferior beings, and ordered, yes ordered, blacks be "recognized" as property (NOT HUMANS BEINGS)



That's far more that not being "citizens". 

Your history teacher, and almost every book about this, yaps about "citizenship".  Bullshit -- according to Dred Scott, blacks were NOT PERSONS, not human beings!  . They were INFERIOR beings, by the specific language of the court.



Try to grasp this -- the SCOTUS said blacks were "inferior beings" not persons.  Got that? Going too fast?


And how does your teacher teach this?  

Never mind that 98% of the people in KS didn't want slavery -- in fact, fought a bloody war against it.  That DID NOT MATTER to the SCOTUS, nor did in matter to Jeff Davis.

Bet you didn't know that. 

And the government had to protect SLAVERY  in Kansas, by specific language of the court. 

Bullshit 2  -- the order specifically orders the government to protect slavery.   Even though 98% of whites in Kansas rejected slavery.


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ENTIRE SOUTH??


PRESENT ADMINISTRATION??


 the resolves of the entire South, and of the present Administration, that is, to carry the war into the heart of the country, (cheers.)




 to carry the war into the heart of the country, ???

Atchison just told his men, above, the "entire South" wanted these killings and terror. They wanted this "war carried to the heart of the country" 

What the hell war is he talking about?  

Jefferson Davis -- in his public speeches -- said no one on earth tried harder to avoid war than he did. Really he said that.

Davis also

The CIvil War was five years away -- Kansas had only months before been opened up to even the possibility of slavery.  So there were not many slave owners in Kansas. 

Don't forget that - when you read the narratives of this period, it's easy to assume Kansas had hundreds of slave owners there defending their "rights".   No -- there were almost no slave owners there at all!

 Who was there were largely the men paid to be there. Like 


“We can tell the impertinent scoundrels of the [New York] Tribune that they may exhaust an ocean of ink, their Emigrant Aid Societies spend their millions and billions, their representatives in Congress spout their heretical theories until doomsday, and his excellency Franklin Pierce appoint abolitionist after free soiler as governor, yet we will continue to tar and feather, drown, lynch, and hang every white-livered abolitionist who dares to pollute our soil.”



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ATCHISON TOO EXTREME EVEN FOR PRO SLAVERY GOVERNOR GEARY

John Geary, the unelected governor of Kansas - named by Jefferson Davis and Franklin Pierce-- was pro-slavery, indeed that's why Jeff Davis appointed him governor.

98% of people in Kansas, as events would prove, were against slavery, but Davis appointed, naturally, a violent and pro slavery governor.   Stephen DOuglas signed off on that, by the way, as Chairman of House and Senate Committee on Kansas.

But Geary eventually turned on the lunatic killers.  The endless killings -- for just speaking and writing newspapers against slavery, was too much for Geary.

 Geary eventually gave copious evidence and documentation about Atchison and Davis to the Congress, which apparently persuaded the next President - Buchanan -- at long last to recognize Kansas as a free state, and reject the violence and bogus legislature BS of Davis and Atchison.   

Just before Lincoln took office -- Kansas officially came in as a state -- a FREE state.  


See the testimony from Geary's physician and personal assistant, at the bottom of this page.    Both Geary and his assistant finally figured out, the only thing Davis and Atchison cared about -- was the SPREAD of slavery, by any means, including killing, all the while claiming lofty motives. 


"[Geary now] repudiates that new plank which has been surreptitiously inserted into the Democratic platform, that gives to the single idea of slavery extension an ascendancy over every other consideration."

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None of this is a surprise to anyone alive at the time -- Slave Power loved it, Jefferson Davis defended it as "constitutionally required".  There is not one text book in the US that even mentions Atchison's speech, though a few teachers tell their students about it. 



You should read Sumner's famous speech -- sadly, almost no one does now. CRIMES AGAINST KANSAS

Remember, Atchison had not even started his famous killing sprees -- he spoke May 19 -20, 1856, a two day speech.

Atchison led the first killing raid the next day May 21.   His speech was May 21.


The cane used to beat Sumner for giving this speech, was and is kind of an honored symbol, of Confederate apologist, even today.  What did Sumner do to get beaten?

He spoke about Kansas.   











But early on. in KANSAS,   he boasted of killing -- he would continue to boast for years, and continue to kill.

IN a way Atchison was more honest than others who paid him to kill and helped get him an army of 1700 men from Texas.   They stayed in Washington DC and pretended to care about justice and the Constitution.

An excerpt from Atchison speech --which is below
"Faint not as you approach the city of Lawrence,... draw your revolvers and bowie knives, and cool them in the heart's blood of those damned dogs that dare to defend that damned breathing hole of hell... "
Damn dogs of hell?  That's those folks in Lawrence Kansas who dared let the anti-slavery newspaper print their paper.










Charles Sumner, US Senator from Massachusetts, was beat almost to death on the floor of US Senate, one day before Atchison's speech about killing and terrorizing.


WHY DIDN'T WE LEARN THIS IN SCHOOL?

Oh, your text books in school KIND OF mentioned it. They did mention "Bloody Kansas."  But they left a few things out -- we tell you why they left out, and what they left out.

Worse, our text books give you the IMPRESSION that those "FREE STATE" radicals were troublemakers.   No, they went there to live, and intended to live in a Free State -- Kansas was known to be a free territory, because slavery was prohibited there by treaty, and by the Compromises of 1850 and 1820.

Notice -- and this is important -- FIRST Atchison as US Senator, got the Compromise of 1850 struck down, and with the help of Stephen A Douglas and Jefferson Davis,  opened up Kansas for the possibility of slavery, if the people there chose it.





But 98% of the people in Kansas did not want slavery, as events and elections proved! 

Even this basic fact is overlooked in our history books.

Go check any history  text book in the US - while they all do mention Kansas, it's almost a side issue, and we have yet to find one that mentions Atchison's army of thousands hired by Jeff Davis.

And not one text book mentions that when the voters could vote in honest elections, slavery was rejected  by 98%- 2%.













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STEPHEN A DOUGLAS
SUPPOSED CHAMPION OF POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY
HELPED ATCHISON AND CLAIMED

"He is the kindest man, and best patriot, I have ever known"



 The speech shows the difference between what the great speakers said in public, vs what they did in private.   Atchison, Davis, and Douglas especially.   They claimed' state's rights and popular sovereignty.  Their speeches SOUNDED great.



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98% AGAINST SLAVERY 


The thing to understand --- Free soilers were 98% of the white people in Kansas.  Kansas whites voted against slavery 98% -2%, and other lopsided stats, when they were finally allowed to vote.  Atchison was trying to frighten and kill enough to get Kansas admitted as a slave state, by stopping all speech against slavery.

That was not at all unusual -- it was already against the law, and had been for 20 years -- in all slave states, to speak or write openly against slavery. Even owning the wrong book got preachers whipped.  SO passing anti free speech laws when Atchison set up the "bogus legislature" was par for the course.

 Atchison had to hire men from Texas to ride with him. And they rode --as Atchison made clear -- under a foreign


 Only a small number of people in Kansas wanted slavery -- and most of those came because they were paid, by guys like Atchison.



 JEFFERSON DAVIS
SENT ATCHISON
TO KANSAS
AND PAID FOR THE THUGS
SEE WHAT ATCHISON SAYS ABOUT HIS BACKERS IN WASHINGTON

 
  REMEMBER 
JEFFERSON DAVIS NAMED ATCHISON
"A GENERAL OF LAW AND ORDER"

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DISTORTIONS BY DAVIS BIOGRAPHERS

Davis biographers "deal" with Davis role in Kansas by several clever and dishonest ways.  

They make it SEEM like those bad old Kansas farmers were beating up and terrorizing folks.  And they throw John Brown in there -- but John Brown reacted after TWO YEARS of killing and terrorizing, and after Davis, as Secretary of War, sent killers to Kansas, like Atchison.    And he was one guy (with his sons).  Remember there were 1700 killers paid by Davis already IN Kansas, killing and terrorizing when Brown started fighting back!  

See how clever this passage is, by a Davis biographer, who knows about Atchison's speech, but avoids mention of it.





Typical Orwellian double speak spin about
Davis and his role in Kansas killings.



You do hear about  the "Trouble In Kanas" in your text books, but its watered down so pathetically, it's meaningless.  They don't even tell you who did the killing, who was killed, or why.


Notice how he first says "Kansas was in constant aggravation" -- KANSAS?   How about mentioning a name, and tell who did what, to whom, and why.   Try to grasp this "Kansas was in constant aggravation" is Orwellian bullshit. 


Notice he then cleverly  inserts some nonsense about "shot guns" brought in by those mean old free state folks.   Never mind that already Atchison was killing folks -- those bad guys brought in shot guns. Very typical slick BS. 

 Bullshit -- recall Atchison made fun of the guns those free state folks had, the "Breecher Rifle"  The "Breecher Rifle" was the bible. and Atchison is laughing about it!   

The narrative guys like WC Davis takes work, carefully avoiding any mention of Davis paying for the 1700 men riding under a foreign flag, to kill and terrorize people in Kansas. 

The Kansas farmers got armed - - AFTER the attacks,  and of course WC Davis knows that. But he doesn't tell you.

Then guys like WC Davis claim that crazy old "John Brown"  was killing people in Kansas. Yes, AFTER Atchison killed his brother, and AFTER two years of terrorizing people and hiring 1700 men from Texas to help him kill and terrorize.


Scum sucking pigs like WC Davis  is as cowardly and deceptive as the original Jeff Davis.   Just like Jeff Davis "forgot" to mention in his speeches that Kansas rejected slavery over and over, and fought against slavery for years, WC Davis does exactly the same bullshit.

Shame on the book reviewers that gave WC Davis any support.   

When finally someone fights back -- as John Brown did -- that is the bad guy?    Yeah, Brown was violent -- after he saw some of his own family killed, after years of killing by Atchison.  

QUICKLY GOT OUT OF HAND

ORWELLIAN DOUBLE SPEAK  

Remember, Atchison hired 1700 men, bragged about the killings, worked for Jeff Davis, all these guys were paid.

But read how WC Davis put it, in one of his boooshit books. 




The way WC plays it -- "Atchison supported pro-slavery group" -- fucking hell, he hired the bastards, paid the bastards, and bragged bout their killing. WC DAVIS -- ever the coward and liar -- writes "supported pro slavery groups"

As to the violence?  WC Davis --- piece of shit in our book  --seems to blame the Kansas farmers, for the violence, and says "EVENTS QUICKLY GOT OUT OF HAND"

No, not that.  Atchison quickly started his killing spree.

And remember, Southern "historians" like Davis know this -- they know David Atchison speech, they know he bragged about killing, they know all that better than I do.

Why -- it's 150 years later. Why would guys like  Davis (and others, Shelby Foote, ect)  gloss over this?   

No -- the cause of the Civil War was not complicated -- the excuses they make up are complicated, the boooshit double talk is complicated.  But the incessant violent efforts to spread slavery caused the US Civil Sar.  Not slavery itself -- but the crazy violent efforts to spread slavery. 

Ironically, Davis and Lincoln agreed on this -- it was the SPREAD of slavery that mattered --to Davis, who wanted the spread, and to Lincoln, who wanted first to STOP the spread.


Sound like "states rights" to you?


And remember Atchison bragged about the goal.  To kill and silence every god damn abolitionist in Kansas. Why do we not teach that?

And it's not like this is the only record -- this speech. There are plenty of newspaper articles at the time, books, and other documents showing what was going on, who was killing who.


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What's the Secretary of War doing sending men to Kill in Kansas?



Notice, no biographer of Jeff Davis -- not one -- even mention his role in sending Atchison to Kansas, much less the killing sprees with 1700 men, nor Atchison  bragging about it. I've looked through a dozen biographies of Davis - they just avoid that topic or mischaracterize it.


 Gee, I wonder why?

You think they don't know Davis was Secretary of War?   Do you think they don't know Davis named Atchison "General of Law and Order".

You think they don't know about Crimes Against Kansas speech, by Charles Sumner?  YOu think they don't know about Atchison's speech?

Do you think they don't know Atchison  got this army of killers from Texas, and paid them "amply". 

Of course they know.   They just hope YOU don't know.



JOHN BROWN








YES -- John Brown did killing of his own in Kansas - but this was AFTER the killing raids by Atchison and others.

In fact, Brown's sons went to Kansas and were attacked by Atchison and others like him.  Brown's brother was killed by them.

For some reason, when you read about Brown, no one even tells you he went to Kansas BECAUSE of the killers who were there spreading slavery by violence.   To read most descriptions, Brown was some extremist who "took his hatred and violence to Kansas".

Hello dumb ass -- the hatred and violence were in Kansas, and one of the paid killers was Davis Atchison, who bragged about it!

If you don't know what happened before Brown even got there -- you don't know shit.   If you don't know of the killings, tortures, burnings, you don't know shit.

If Atchison and others were not killing, torturing, burning, looting Brown would not even go to Kansas in the first place.  Too complicated for most "historians" who don't seem to grasp Kansas was bloody before Brown set foot there.   He was fighting back.


It took five years to straighten out this mess, and get Kansas admitted as a free state


REMEMBER THIS  - AS LATER ELECTIONS SHOWED,  98% OF WHITE MALES IN KANSAS WERE AGAINST SLAVERY.

 Atchison speech indicates where those men came from, and how paid them.  The more you read that speech, the more you go "WTFH"? 

  • Atchison 
  • bragged about riding under foreign flag
  • bragged he was funded by federal authorities (Davis)
  • bragged the men could keep loot they stole
  • bragged they were there to terrorize and kill
  • bragged "authorities" wanted the war taken to Kansas


Atchison's killings did not work. 

The killings did not work because men fought back.

Atchison was  a coward -- and ran like one when he and his men did not outnumber those he was killing 

Remember that -- men like Atchison were brave in groups, but like Jeff Davis himself, was a coward when he did not outnumber the victims.


Sound like "states rights" to you?  

"EXPANSIONISM WAS AN ISSUE"


Lying bastard, stupid, or hiding?

KENNETH DAVIS 



  "EXPANSIONISM WAS AN ISSUE".

To hear guys like Kenneth Davis tell it, Jeff  Davis just cared soooo much for state's rights.

There are over 300 books about Davis,  over 100 biographies.   One Davis "expert" is Kenneth Davis, author of "Don't know much about  history" Kenneth Davis, in his narrative of what caused the Civil War, blames those bad old "extremist"  and make you think those damn Kansas radicals "would not compromise". 

He never --ever (nor do any other Jeff Davis apologist) even mention the army Davis paid for to kill and terrorize in Kansas. Not one word!

Do you think Kenneth Davis doesn't know about Atchison, and how Davis named him General of Law and Order?   Think guys like K Davis has no clue Atchison and Stephen A Douglas got the Kansas Nebraska Bill passed, then Atchison went to Kansas, worked for Davis, and started these killing sprees?

  You may not know what Charles Sumner said in his famous "Crimes Against Kansas" Speech - but K Davis, and every other "Davis expert" does.

Think they forgot when writing their books? 

And he didnt even have the balls to include the word "slavery" in is Orwellian double tax "EXPANSIONISM WAS AN ISSUE".

EXPANSIONISM was an issue?  Hell, that does not tell you who killed who, or why, does it?  No. And K Davis, nor any other Davis biographer, will tell you about Davis role in these killings. 

We arent picking on K Davis  --all Davis apologist  do basically the same thing. Of COURSE they know Davis demanded the spread of slavery into Kansas, Davis was proud of it!  Davis  wrote about his demands to spread slavery in his own book. Do you think they did not read Jeff Davis own book?

Sound like "states rights" to you?

Davis boasted that blacks are not human beings but inferior beings -- property. As property, Kansas, according to Jeff Davis own book, and own speeches, MUST PROTECT slavery. It did not matter to Davis that  98% or 100% of the people in Kansas were against slavery. The public had no say in slavery in Kansas, according to Jeff Davis.



WHAT  PISSED DAVIS OFF

What pissed Davis off in 1855, still pissed him off in 1861 when he demanded the spread of slavery into Kansas, and STILL pissed him off in 1870 when he wrote his book, Rise and Fall of the Confederacy.

Of all the "grievances" Davis had with the US - -do you know what he said the INTOLERABLE one? Go on, guess.

The resistance to the SPREAD of slavery into Kansas.

That's right -- he was pissed off enough in 1855 to send Atchison there and fund those killers.

He was pissed off enough in 1861 to demand the SPREAD of slavery into Kansas -- never mind that by then, Kansas had come into the Union as free state, lawfully, signed by President Buchanan and passed in the US house of representatives. 

And he was STILL pissed off about resistance to spread of slavery -- into Kansas -- in 1870 when he wrote "Rise and Fall". 


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Think about this  for a while --  every day, for all those years, Davis knew that 90% or more of the people in Kansas rejected slavery.  The votes were overwhelming!  But according to Davis  twisted mind -- that didn't matter, because of Dred Scott.

Yes Dred Scott, according to Davis -- changed it all.   It no longer mattered what the people wanted. It no longer mattered what congress said. It no longer mattered what the Territorial legislature said -- they rejected slavery.

Because Dred Scott decision said this -- read it. Its from Davis book.

Text books do cover this -- but in a very superficial way, repeating watered down nonsense.  




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Atchison and Stephen A Douglas got the "Kansas -Nebraska" bill passed in the US Senate, then Atchison rushed to Kansas to kill people who voted against, or spoke against, slavery.  This is a fundamental course of action -- not an event. 



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Gentlemen, Officers & Soldiers! - (Yells) This is the most glorious day of my life! This is the day I am a border ruffian! (Yells.) The U.S. Marshall has just given you his orders and has kindly invited me to address you. For this invitation, coming from no less than U.S. authority, I thank him most sincerely, and now allow me, in true border-ruffian style, to extend to you the right hand of fellowship. (Cheers.) Men of the South, I greet you as border-ruffian brothers. (Repeated yells & waving of hats.) Though I have seen more years than most of you, I am yet young in the same glorious cause that has made you leave your homes in the South. Boys I am one of your number today (Yells.) and today you have a glorious duty to perform, today you will earn laurels that will ever show you to have been true sons of the noble South! (Cheers.) You have endured many hardships, have suffered many privations on your trips, but for this you will be more than compensated by the work laid out by the Marshal, - and what you know is to be done as the programme of the day. Now Boys, let your work be well done! (Cheers.) Faint not as you approach the city of Lawrence, but remembering your mission act with true Southern heroism, & at the word, Spring like your bloodhounds at home upon that d--d accursed abolition hole; break through every thing that may oppose your never flinching courage! - (Yells.) Yess, ruffians, draw your revolvers & bowie knives, & cool them in the heart's blood of all those d--d dogs, that dare defend that d--d breathing hole of hell. (Yells.) Tear down their boasted Free State Hotel, and if those Hellish lying free-soilers have left no port holes in it, with your unerring cannon make some, Yes, riddle it till it shall fall to the ground. Throw into


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the Kanzas their printing presses; let's see if any more free speeches will be issued from them! Boys, do the Marshall's full bidding!

 Do the sheriff's entire command! - (Yells.) for today Mr. Jones is not only Sheriff, but deputy Marshall, so that whatever he commands will be right, and under the authority of the administration of the U.S.! 

Aand for it you will be amply paid as U.S. troops, besides having an opportunity of benefiting your wardrobes from the private dwellings of those infernal nigger-stealers. (Cheers.) 

Courage for a few hours; the victory is ours, falter and all is lost! 

 Are you determined? Will every one of you swear to bathe your steel in the black blood of some of those black sons of ---- (cries, yells of yes, yes.) 

Yes, I know you will, the South has always proved itself ready for honorable fight; you, who are noble sons of noble sires, I know you will never fail, but will burn, sack and destroy, until every vestige of these Norther Abolitionists is wiped out.

 Men of the South and Missouri, I am Proud of this day! I have received office and honor before; - I have occupied the vice-presidents place in the greatest republic the light of God's sun ever shone upon; - but, ruffian brothers, (yells.) that glory, that honor was nothing, it was an Empty bsubble, compared with the solid grandeur and magnificent glory of this momentous occasion!

 Here, on this beautiful prairie-bluff, with naught but the canopy of heaven for my covering, with my splendid Arabian charger for my seat, to whose well tried fleetness I may yet have to depend for my life, unless this days work shall annihilate from our western world these hellish Emigrant Aid paupers, whose bellies are filled with beggars food, & whose houses are stored with "Beecher's Rifles (Bibbs!) (Yells prolonged.)

 I say, here, with the cool breeze of the morning blowing fresh around my head, with the U.S. Marshall at my left, - completely surrounded by my younger brothers, (terrible enthusiasm.) each supporting a U.S. rifle, and on the manly countenance of each, plainly seen, his high and fixed determination to carry our to the letter the loft and glorious resolves that have brought him here

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- the resolves of the entire South, and of the present Administration, that is, to carry the war into the heart of the country, (cheers.) never to slacken or stop until every spark of free-state, free-speech, free-niggers, or free in any shape is quenched out of Kansaz!

 (Long shouting and cheering.) And what is also pleasing beyond my powers of description, is the fact that, having above me, - as I speak the honest sentiments of my heart and the sentiments of the administration and  the blessed pro-slavery party throughout this great nation, - is the only flag we recognize, and the only one under whose folds we will march into Lawrence, the only one under which these d--d Abolishionist prisoners were arrested - who are now outside yonder tent endeavoring to hear me, which I care not a d--n if they do! (Cheers.) 

Yes, these G--d d--d sons of d--d puritan stock will learn their fate, and they may go home and tell their cowardly friends what I say! - I care not for them! - I defy & d--n them all to H--l. (roars & yells.) 

Yes, that large red flag denotes our purpose to press the matter even to blood, - the large lone white star in the centre denotes the purity of our purpose, & the words "Southern Rights" above it clearly indicate the righteousness of our principles.


I say under all these circumstances I am now enjoying the proudest moments of my life, - but I will detain you no longer. (Cries of go on, go on.) No boys! - I cannotstay your spirit of patriotism, I cannot even stay my own; - our precious time is wasting. - No hasten to work, - follow your worthy and immediate leader, Col. Stringfellow! (Yells.) he will lead you on to a glorious victory, & I will be threre to support all your acts & assist as best I may in all your acts, assist completing the overthrow of that hellish party, & in crushing out the last sign of d--d abolitionism in the territory of Kanzas. - (Three times Yells for Atchison.)


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