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Abraham Lincoln

Dyadd Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 10:54 AM
Lincoln did not emancipate the slaves in the Border states because if he did that they would have joined the Confederacy and destroyed the Union military.
scott s. Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 3:02 PM
Other than DC and West Virginia I guess.
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:09 AM
True, but it was dying as the MD Constitution of 1864 makes clear.
Dyadd Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 2:08 PM
By 1864 facing marshal law MD was accepting the military destruction of the Southern system. Slavery expanded and became entrenched with the cotton gin.

The end of the international slave trade created an expanded internal American slave trade.
scott s. Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 3:10 PM
Good points, though like much of the south, you can't just take a state as a uniform entity. The Eastern Shore was definitely faced with the problem of martial law. The Western Counties (like all the tri-state area) had no interest in slavery. The cotton gin helped make short-staple cotton viable which led to cotton culture in upcountry So Carolina. The social structure in SC was such that "second sons" of the aristocracy had no future, and so brought cotton and slave culture west to Alabama and Mississippi. The decline of tobacco culture in the border state areas meant there was a surplus of slaves there to sell further south (not to mention large free black population).
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