I’m a little late to the party and this thread already has over 200 responses so I’m not all that optimistic on getting a reply. You’ve got to be a tremendously busy person, but I’ll try anyways.
I found your Ear Biscuit on this to be great so I had to come and find your article. What are your thoughts on Lincoln’s famous quote in his letter to Horace Greeley where he states that if he could have kept the union together by freeing only some of the slaves or none at all he would have done it. You stated that slavery was the only issue in the civil war that anyone cared about, but if Lincoln himself didn’t even feel passionately about freeing the slaves even though he is the one who ultimately led it to happen how can that be true? Even the North during this time was grossly racist. Lincoln even has documented quotes saying he didn’t believe slaves to deserve equal rights or equal treatment. So if both sides are at fault doesn’t the discussion boil back down to states rights as the primary dispute?