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Old 09-12-2019, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by septimus View Post
Yes; Southern appetite for secession was rather low in 1858
Of course. Legally, they'd won. The Dred Scott decision and the Fugitive Slave Act had effectively made the entire country slave territory.

Lincoln himself wasn't seen as a great "danger."
But the abolitionist movement he was part of (to the extent he could be effective at that point) wasn't going away.

This "states' rights" nonsense, ignoring the Supremacy Clause, didn't go away after the war, either - it became the cover story for Jim Crow, lynchings, segregation, vote suppression, and other things that usually could not be proudly supported directly. It hasn't gone away yet.