- Jul 8, 2015
The government propping something up with financial subsidies is a very different matter than what was happening with slavery. Either slavery was legal or illegal. The idea that it would go away if the federal government simply ceased to sanction it seems rather naive to me.
I think you are missing something here that is rather obvious now, but was unsaid by the Republicans of 1860. Prohibiting the expanion of slavery into the territories would be a death sentence for slavery.
As the territories becamse states over time, the slave states would be outvoted by the free states in the House and Senate, and the slave states would lose their veto power over who could win the White House. New markets for the sale of slaves would be cut off, and without the ability to expand the plantation economy would stagnate. Slaves would ultimately lose their economic value.
The death of slavery would be slow and painful, but it woud be certain.