Let me repeat for the record. I am pointedly not in search of hindsight. I am in search of then contemporary letters, speeches, essays. Slavery was a business. People who are in business often have business plans and think about the future. I am in search of what those ante-bellum planters and politicians thought about the future with respect to slavery. I have no interest in hindsight.We all have the benefit of about 160 years of hindsight understanding and realizing that it was unlikely for slavery to be saved by secession.
An not sure that it mattered to them much. Secession ensured that the people who were in power in the Secessed States remained in power and/or gained power, which was likely more of their intend than the preservation of slavery.
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