How the West (Except for the U.S.) Ended Slavery
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
The fact that the British, Spanish, French and others ended slavery peacefully ó as did the Northern states in the U.S., where slavery existed for over 200 years ó is perhaps the court historians' best-kept secret. Most Americans have only heard of how slavery was ended in the Southern states and are unaware of how it was ended peacefully in the Northern states and in the rest of the Western Hemisphere during the 19th century. There were no "wars of emancipation" in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, or Illinois, which were all once slave states."
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, or Illinois, which were all once slave states."
Didn't depend on slaves for their economy. Big difference. You're delusional if you think the south was willingly going to give up it's free labor pool
The Emancipation Proclamation was a brilliant political ploy by the Lincoln Administration. It painted the South’s rebellion in terms of the slavery issue alone. This effectively deprived the Confederacy of any hope of foreign intervention on its behalf. Great Britain, which had been dancing around the issue of recognizing the Confederacy, was effectively prevented from doing so, for though the British aristocracy was sympathetic to the South (for economic reasons, as well as a certain social affinity the lords and lordlings of the empire shared with the plantation society of the American South), the masses of the common people throughout the empire would not support a government that allied itself with a slave owning society.
Lincoln, with the bold stroke of a pen, guaranteed that the Confederacy would have to fight the war alone and mostly with its own resources. It was a brilliant move, even if the federal government had no idea what it was supposed to do with all these freed slaves or what was to become of them. That was a can kicked down the road for the sake of winning the war and preserving the union. For the sad truth was that in the average Northerner - though perhaps an abolitionist on principle - was no more likely to live on terms of equality with blacks than the Southerners he was waging war against.
"620,000 Americans had to die (the equivalent of about 6 million deaths standardizing for today's population); more than double that number had to be maimed for life; dozens of Southern cities and towns had to be bombed into rubble; tens of thousands of Southern civilians were justifiably murdered by the U.S. Army; the Constitution had to be suspended in the North; tens of thousands of Northern civilian political dissenters were justly imprisoned without due process; hundreds of opposition newspapers were rightly shut down or destroyed; tens of millions of dollars in private property were justifiably looted by Sherman's army (and others); and although the North's financial cost of the war alone would have been enough to purchase the freedom of all the slaves, that was not an option."
Well this is all very interesting, but the key point is I need to see this movie, love Daniel Day Lewis, love Tommy Lee Jones, love Tony Kushner. Oh and Abe, love him too! Reviews have been good.
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