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ole wrote: The previous quote, referring to Lincoln's letter to Horace Greeley, is an accurate reflection of Lincoln's priorities relative to the Union itself. But there are two things that I think are usually missed when folks quote that passage to 'prove' that slavery was not the cause of secession and war. First, that it does not alter anything that took place prior to secession, which is where we have to look for the cause of secession. And second is what I consider to be an important point that Lincoln made in his letter - " My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or to destroy slavery."

What an incredibly astute observation, Perry! Thanks.

ole


Thanks Ole. I may be reading too much into Lincoln's phrasing, but I don't really think so. He was usually pretty careful in his choice of words.

It's one of the many ironies of the war though, that had the North won it before 1863, slavery might have continued on for longer than it did in reality. But even if so, under Lincoln I think it also would have been put firmly on the path toward eventual extinction once the war was over.

Perry

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