Bamboozle Wrote:
Nov 16, 2012 1:51 PM
Slavery was ending naturally because the industrial revolution was taking place and owners were making their slaves sharecroppers so they could lead their own lives and make their own living. Slavery would have died within 20 to 30 years because it had become too expensive and unproductive. Secondly, Lincoln could have ended the Fugitive Slave Act in the North allowing fleeing slaves to remain free in the North instead of returning them to their owners in the south. But of course the northern workers would not want to compete for jobs with freed slaves which was the real cause of the draft riots.