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|Duke University law journals have published articles in the past 5-6 years that link the Brown v. Board decision to the 14th Amendment. The authors are Garrett Epps and Gerard Magliocca, both eminent law professors. These writers also assert the James G. Birney's representation of the Cherokee in Alabama and Georgia beginning in 1826 actually launched the abolition movement by calling attention to the injustice of government policy toward Native Americans. Of course Lincoln was unwilling to accept secession; that would have ended the country that so many had compromised to establish -- something Jefferson Davis and followers were not inclined to do. they also rejected Abe's offer to compensate slaveholders for their slaves. Your characterization of southerners as "intractable slave-holding duelists" has, in the light of these facts, some validity.