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  •  Lincoln was of the opinion (3+ / 0-)

    that if slavery were restricted it would wither and die. A lot of slave owners in the South thought so too. Which is why the Fire Eaters were able to sell the idea of Lincoln's election being a cassus belli. For such people, limiting the extension of slavery amounted to abolition.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:38:22 PM PST

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