- Jul 30, 2019
Lincoln had no constitutional power to unilaterally end slavery. The emancipation proclamation was a war measure. He couldn't have freed slaves in loyal states.
The buyers of southern cotton would have bought it if it was produced with free labor just the same as with slave labor. It makes no sense to blame the buyers for the labor system that the south chose.
It is such a blatantly illogical argument\excuse - "slave states were part of the US economy, therefore free states liked slavery too".
The entire civilized world was turning or had turned against slavery. Given enough votes, the US would as well. And as those territories became free states, the votes would be there. And the slave states had already lost control of congress, with the demographics only getting worse for them.
Southern leadership saw the writing on the wall. They just chose poorly.