- Jul 22, 2021
I'm sorry, I have to temper my comments already but I will say that you cannot possibly know that it would have survived.But John, every event you mention ion your post#534 above had to do with slavery as it's central theme, every one.
And what you believe Lincoln wrote was central to his duty as POTUS, you realize hew had already written the Emancipation Proclamation at the time of his letter to Greely and that it was mainly due to his efforts the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was passed in Congress shortly before his death.
Lincoln's primary duty was to preserve the Union, but without him, slavery would have survived into the future. And slavery's preservation, in mine and recorded history's view, was central to the Confederacy.
Yes, he had written the proclamation but note that it wasn't delivered until after the battle of Antietam because he knew, politically, it had no teeth.