I’m mindful of history being in the hands of the victors.
In Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address, Lincoln made it known that; (1) he had no legal authority to interfere with slavery where it existed, (2) that he had no inclination or intentions to do so even if he had the legal authority, (3) that he would enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, returning runaway slaves escaping to the North to their Master’s in the South, (4) that he fully supported the Thirteen Amendment then being debated in Congress which would protect slavery in perpetuity and was irrevocable. He later stated, “Do not paint me with the Abolitionist brush”.
Decades before the Civil War, the South, through harsh tariffs, had been supplying about 85% of the country’s revenue, nearly all of which was being spent in the North to boost it’s economy, by building manufacturing, infrastructure, railroads, canals, etc. With the passage of the 47% Morrill Tariff, the final nail was…
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