- Aug 29, 2015
Definitely agree on 1. Most of the presidents in that time were southerners and many slave holders.I disagree.
1. The slave owning portion of the United States had political control of the country for almost all of the period between the Revolution and the Civil War. There was no threat of secession until they lost that control.
2. There was only a very brief period when slavery was both profitable enough, and relatively large enough to be worth fighting for and to have a reasonable expectation of success. Prior to 1840, the slave state economy was not worth fighting for. By 1870 the paid labor states would have been so much stronger than the coerced labor states that the conflict would have looked silly.
3. There was neither electronic mass media nor computer communication at that time. Ordinary people did not have much say in the matter once the election had taken place.
4. Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 Presidential election.