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Old 09-12-2019, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by kirkrapine View Post
... 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....
Yes; Southern appetite for secession was rather low in 1858, and Lincoln himself wasn't seen as a great "danger." But there was another man whose actions had a very strong effect on unifying the southern states and tilting them toward succession(*) that man was John Brown the Martyr.

(* - Several pages near the linked-page 421 help develop that case; I hope Google lets you view several of them.)