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

There is no question that slavery was the reason the South left the Union. Furthermore, slavery was the reason they lost the war. Had they wished to do so, the Confederacy could have freed the slaves. Consider these facts:

1) They could have conscripted newly freed slaves into the army - as recommended by Gen. Lee. Of course, there men would have fought in fully integrated units, because they would have never armed entire units of free blacks. What would have been the result? Well, there is a very good chance that - having fought side by side with each other, bonds of respect would have developed, resulting in a very different Southern society - even if they had won.

2) Abolishing slavery, would have brought much need foreign support from England and France. England in particular needed Southern cotton - but would not give aid to the Confederacy while slavery existed.

The Confederates knew this well - and yet they retained slavery. These facts alone prove what the fighting was really about - retaining slavery.

BTW, for what it is worth, I am a white conservative Republican. However, truth is truth no matter what color one's skin is.

Posted by Vince Warde on October 23, 2015 at 1:27 PM
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