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Look back at 1860, who had the problem with status quo? The radical abolitionists of New England. Who was the aggressor in pushing an agenda? I would say it was the same. I do not think I can blame the plantation owners for being reactionary. Their way of life was under threat, they were having to face a very different life than that of their fathers and grandfathers. I am not saying their way of life was right or acceptable, I am saying they felt threatened and reacted the way they saw fit.
So it still comes down to slavery. What percentage of New Englanders would you say were radical abolitionists?