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Old 09-11-2019, 09:14 PM
kirkrapine is offline
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The Civil War was not about states' rights

It could not have been. Southern states started announcing their secession immediately after Lincoln was elected -- before he had actually done anything to threaten their internal autonomy -- before he had even taken office. And Lincoln was not really an abolitionist. If they had not seceded, he would not have done anything to threaten their peculiar institution -- at most, he would have vetoed admission of any new slave states to the Union. The Southern elites must have known that, but they didn't care; they simply did not care to remain in the Union under a president whose party included an abolitionist wing.

Last edited by kirkrapine; 09-11-2019 at 09:14 PM.