I’m a Yankee observing life in Arizona, which has been called the “Mississippi of the Southwest.”
I think there’s still some bitterness in the dirt here from 19th century people ticked off that the North put the kibosh on their slave empire dreams. Oh Well. In 1863, President Lincoln abolished slavery in the Arizona territory by signing into law the Arizona Organic Act.
If they had been able to hang in there and the North was putting them out of business this year, it’s easy to imagine Gov. Brewer gathering her troops to defend her slave state against Washington and Obama!
OK, that would make a good movie.
Meanwhile here’s some good reading on Arizona’s dream of getting rich off the backs of African slaves.
- Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest. Donald S. Frazier.
- Arizona Organic Act – Wiki
- The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861-1865. Andrew E. Masich.