RE: NOT A WAR TO ABOLISH SLAVERY
Regarding this argument that we often hear that the war was fought over slavery, I have a few questions:
1. If the war was fought over slavery, why was there never any offer from the North to end the war if the South would abolish slavery?
2. If the war was fought over slavery, why didn’t the North halt its invasion, or at least offer a temporary ceasefire, when the Confederacy began to move toward gradual emancipation?
3. If the war was fought over slavery, why didn’t the North immediately abolish slavery in the four Northern slave states?
4. If the war was fought over slavery, why did Lincoln, almost as soon as he was elected, start pushing for a constitutional amendment that would have made it forever impossible for the federal government to abolish slavery? And why did Lincoln even mention his support for this amendment in his first inaugural address?
5. If the war was fought over slavery, why was it that the only condition that Lincoln ever gave for halting the war was the South’s repudiation of its independence? Lincoln said that if the South would renounce its independence and recognize federal authority again, that he would stop the war. Not once did he say he would stop the war if the South ended slavery.
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