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Re: “It's time to reread Gore Vidal's enduring Lincoln

Its not a mystery why Lincoln refered to "Union" as his motivtion. Your blog stated it was unknown why he seem to care about the union so much.

First of all --Lincoln knew keeping the Union together, while limiting slavery to the slave states, was going to make the slave owners choke on their own slave vomit. As the Florida Declaration of Causes made clear (and other documents) the South was awash with slaves to the point of absurdity. The prices of slaves went from 2,000 dollars per buck, to 150 dollars.

So many slave infants were been bred by the breeding states ( Virginia, North Carolina), and so many more (over a million) were brought in illegally in smuggling ships, that a massive glut resulted. This is confirmed by numerous Southern leader.

Just stopping the spred of slavery to the Western states, said the Governor of Florida, was going to destroy the South.

Plus - Northern Congressmen who supported slavery, were calling for the literal arrest and exectution of anyone who said slavery had to end, for the war to end. Let me repeat that-- speeches on the floor of COngreess in 1863, were calling for the exectution of anyone who said slavery had to end. You better speak in terms of Union -- or literally your life was in danger.

Do you think Lincoln was not aware of this sentiment?

Vidal knows this -- everyone who really knows what Lincoln was up aginst, knows this.

So Lincoln was going to end slavery - by keeping it bottle up. And he wasn't going to be arrested and executed for proclaiming that slavery was what he was fighting for too.

Remember - all this while, LIncoln is working to end slavery. First with the EP -- and then with the 13th Amendment.

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Posted by Mark Dougls on 11/08/2009 at 12:10 AM

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