- Aug 15, 2017
The United States (the North) could have avoided the war by allowing a group of states (the South) to depart the United States in order to form a new nation. I agree. The southern states (the South) could have avoided the war by agreeing with the idea that the majority rules, but they did not. The leaders of the slave-holding states could read a map. With an increasing number of states and territories added to the union as non-slave members, it was becoming obvious that slavery could eventually be outlawed by Congress. There was fear among some southerners that the election of Lincoln could begin that movement.But the thread is about the war. The North didn't go to war because 'slavery' was on the secession documents. They went to war because the economic effects of secession had set in-
"the North is fighting for money. It is fighting for its supremacy to rule and levy tribute upon us. Its all is based upon its connection with us--commerce, manufactures, industry and wealth of all sorts. The people of the North know it. Financial ruin for all times stares them in the face. They are staking all--life, blood, political liberty--all upon the hazard. They must have money." -Charleston Mercury, August 8, 1861
The North could have decided not to go to war, but greed is a powerful engine.
Three of the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States and the original document included wording that would have made slavery illegal. The authors eventually changed the wording out of concern that many of the slave-holding colonies would have declined to join the "more perfect union." The nation spent the next eighty or so years giving in to the standard threats by slave-holding states to leave the union.
It all came to a head in 1861.