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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2012 03:00 pm
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It is not a broad interpretation, at all, to believe that the founders considered slavery legal.

1808 is the *earliest* date that the foreign slave trade could be abolished - not the 'peculiar institution' of slavery itself.

A primary reason for the war is the slavocracy's declining influence and political power.

immigrants are moving to the border states and more slaves are being sold further south from the border states.

the slave-holding influence in Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri is sliding and with it a major portion of southern political congressional strength.

With the decline in power would then come a loosening of the southern grip on the presidency and the supreme court.

Moral forces almost always lag well behind the law – the radical abolitionists were one of a number of such organizations…

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