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Response to csziggy (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:39 AM

21. part of negotiation is giving "rational" people part of what each wants

If even the Northern pacifistic Quakers split over this issue nearly two decades before Fort Sumter, how could Lincoln or any politician have been able to negotiate a settlement once the lines were so distinctly drawn?


Refer to the referenced alternate scenario. The South gets a lot more autonomy and does not suffer economically as much as it could have (or did, when the war started). The North get concessions to free/relocate slaves to its territory, forces better "conditions" upon slaves in the South, maintains loose confederation (saving face) with the breakway states -- AND AVOIDS A BITTER, COSTLY, AND IN MANY WAYS STILL-UNFINISHED WAR.


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