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Re: “If the Confederacy had won, slavery would have continued in the South

Kind of interesting that the slave trade itself was purely in the hands of northeastern shipping merchants and that the North profited off slavery right up to the start of the War Between the States.

Many of the "South-bashers" here are either in total denial...or total ignorance of northern history. But here are a few good links to peruse:



"Edgar McManus, the historian of Northern slavery, finds that ´┐Żabolitionists of the 1780's belonged to the business elite which thirty years before had reaped handsome profits from the slave trade. The precipitous decline of the trade after 1770 apparently sharpened the moral sensibilities of those who had formerly profited. ... The leaders of the abolition movement were honorable men who sincerely regarded slavery as a great moral wrong. But it is also true that they embraced antislavery at a time when it entailed no economic hardship for their class."´┐Ż

"Having solved its slavery problem by a very gradual emancipation, and by aggressively proscribing the rights of its free black minority, the North was content. Its ships continued to carry slaves to Southern ports, and slave-grown cotton to Europe. The North reaped the profits of the Southern plantations, and the federal government collected the tariffs. Any further effort made in the North toward resolving the slavery issue generally went into the pipe-dream of colonization and to making sure Southern blacks stayed there, or at least did not come north."



"Northerners profited from slavery in many ways, right up to the eve of the Civil War. The decline of slavery in the upper South is well documented, as is the sale of slaves from Virginia and Maryland to the cotton plantations of the Deep South. But someone had to get them there, and the U.S. coastal trade was firmly in Northern hands. William Lloyd Garrison made his first mark as an anti-slavery man by printing attacks on New England merchants who shipped slaves from Baltimore to New Orleans."

It is true and the issue of slavery in the territory was the one that brought everything to a head, so to speak. But hear Lincoln's own words when he said why he opposed it:

"The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people. This they cannot be, to any considerable extent, if slavery shall be planted within them."

It is simply absurd to believe the South would have continued slavery indefinitely.

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Posted by TexasReb on December 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM
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