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 Posted: Thu Aug 21st, 2008 03:35 pm
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5fish-

  Secession was always an option as far as those in the south were concerned. They considered that they had a Constitutional right to leave the Union that they had voluntarily entered into.

  As for the institution of slavery- as far as the Constitution went in those days it WAS okay. It is reprehensible to us in the 21st century, but it is folly to try to judge those who lived in the 19th century by our standards today.

  The war took place because there were two distinctly different sections in  the country whose interests had diverged. Armed conflict was put off for decades because compromises were made on both sides, but eventually compromise was no longer possible.

  The presidents of the 1850s were less than stellar, but they did not cause the problem of sectional differences, nor would they have been able to alter the result. Your idea seems to be that if they had taken on a bombastic tone (such as you have exhibited) and threatened violence at every point, that those in the south would have been submissive and allowed themselves to be dominated by the north.

  It should be apparent to you that the southerners were ready to fight for their independence when they felt that remaining part of the United States was no longer in  their interests. It should be obvious to you (but clearly isn't)  that if the threat of war was going to deter them, then they would not have been willing to take up arms and resist a president who was determined to preserve the Union by any means.

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