1. Even though President Lincoln said slavery was unjust, in the earliest days of the war he told the Southern states that he wouldn’t interfere with slavery as an institution. “He believed that with … leaving slavery alone, that he could convince the Southern majority — Southern moderates — to come back,” says Wesleyan professor and historian Richard Slotkin. “It took a year of conflict for him to realize that Southerners were really committed to the Confederacy.”
(via 'Antietam' Dissects Strategies Of North And South, Fresh Air interview with Richard Slotkin)

    Even though President Lincoln said slavery was unjust, in the earliest days of the war he told the Southern states that he wouldn’t interfere with slavery as an institution. “He believed that with … leaving slavery alone, that he could convince the Southern majority — Southern moderates — to come back,” says Wesleyan professor and historian Richard Slotkin. “It took a year of conflict for him to realize that Southerners were really committed to the Confederacy.”

    (via 'Antietam' Dissects Strategies Of North And South, Fresh Air interview with Richard Slotkin)

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