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Slavery, being a very bad institution, was on an inevitable road to extinction. The US stood alone, or nearly alone among civilized nations in allowing it. But, if I were a slave owner and all my wealth was in slaves I probably would be in denial of the inevitable extinction of slavery and I be working to perpetuate it. So I agree with you, I as a slave owner would be impatient and unwilling to wait 10 years to announce secession and outlast northern efforts to prevent it. However, during those 10 years slavery would have continued to exist- untouched. It was the “military necessity” of freeing slaves that hastened the end of slavery. No war = no 13th amendment. This is another reason that firing on ft sumter and starting a war backfired on the south.