|Slavery was already on the decline in the 60's, I hardly think it would have lasted into the twentieth century. Brazil ended slavery somewhere in 1888, and the South was much more developed than Brazil. And, if you'll recall, the North's war aim was not originally to free the slaves. In fact, the Emancipation Proclamation was probably just a motive to keep Britain and France from coming to the South's aid. And you can't really say most Northern soldiers were appalled by slavery. I mean Lincoln was no Dr. King. He was a man of his time.
"If I thought this war was about slavery, I'd resign and offer my sword to the other side."--U.S. Grant
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