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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:14 AM

How long would slavery had lasted if the South decided NOT to secede? [View all]

Let's say that Fort Sumpter was never attacked, that the Confederacy had never been founded and that Lincoln had not freed the slaves in response to the Union finding themselves in the predicament that they had.

Clearly, the slave owning states thought that Lincoln's election was the end of their world. Their worst fears were going to be realized if he declared slavery illegal and marched the troops into the South to free all of the blacks. And it's not like the South had even given him a chance to fail in dissolving slavery through due process, because they launched their attack one month after he was inaugurated.

Outside of the Southern propaganda of the time, where was the proof that Lincoln intended to unilaterally end slavery without a response to a secession? Was it even possible without the war that began from the South's attack? Was Abolition as inevitable as soon as it was?

Outside of the newly established states where slavery was prohibited, how secure was the institution in the old slave states?

In attacking the North, the Slave States eventually brought about the realization of their own fears. The South created the monster in Lincoln that they feared and through their own action, that monster came to life.

I think about the people today who are driven to create a Barack Obama that doesn't really exist. So far, they haven't acted on their fears and thus, there's no real reason to believe that those fears can be realized. All they have to do is compare the list of fears they issued four years ago in the even of Obama's election and find out that not one of them have come true.

The South in 1861 poked a bear and the bear got back at them. If they had not poked that bear, what would America look like today?

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