- Jul 26, 2018
I see the diplomacy as doomed from the beginning due to the absolute failure on each side to put themselves into the mindset of the opposite side. Even Stephen A. Douglas, long time national Democratic leader who spent years with southerner in his party, did not believe the south would secede. Threats had been made for decades before anything happened. On the southern side, Lincoln was an unknown and it was not clear to them who was in charge. Neither believed the rhetoric of the others.