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No backlash from me on it.|
Slavery is a great evil that continued on into the 20th century in Brazil and is still practiced in some parts of Africa today.
the North won because that side had the right causes on their side. I know of the instant backlash I will receive if I mention slavery but to deny that it was an issue is ignorance personified.
I probably know more about the American Civil War than anyone you'll visit with this week, overkill. I grew up around Washington, DC, which was the front line of the Civil War, and I studied it informally and formally while in high school and college. I went to ungraduate school in Richmond, which was the capitol of the Confederacy, and I went to graduate school in New Orleans, which was a major strategic port.
Slavery was a huge evil, but slavery was also a huge economic institution as well. So it was unlikely that slavery could have been ended without a civil war, but some have pointed out that it would have been cheaper for the USA to buy the freedom of every slave than to fight a civil war to free them. Of course, the reality is that buying the freedom of everyone who was enslaved woudn't have ended slavery. It just would have cost a lot and then there would still need to be a war to end the instution of slavery. And the southerners would have had a lot more money to fight the war after being compensated for all their slaves.
One fact that escaped me until recently was the trade with the south. For the first few years of the Civil War, northerners were legally able to sell supplies to the southern armies. It kept the south afloat. The legal loophole was closed just as the South was beginning to run out of gold and silver, so the southerners went north to Gettysburg. They fought and lost a battle there, and they lost everywhere else the next two years too. At the close of the Civil War, the South was destroyed politically, militarily, and economically.