The Completely Unneccessary Secession Crisis

One of the many tragedies of the Civil War is that the Secession Crisis that precipitated it was completely unnecessary. 

If southern representatives and senators had remained in their seats in Congress, they could have blocked any legislation they feared with the help of Northern Democrats. They would have quickly realized that no, Lincoln wasn’t going to take away their slaves, put them in jail and have their slaves and carpet baggers from the North running things in their states.  Lincoln had pledged not to interfere with slavery in the states, and, absent a war, he lacked the power to do so.  Secession was a completely over the top reaction to the election of Lincoln, and, like many over the top reactions, it ultimately brought about what was feared. (more…)

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments (7)  
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