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I would like to be able to read this whole article. I have been thinking through my reading on the war that it was not needed either. Unfortunately like today too many hotheads stirred the pot until it was boiling over. Having hindsight, the tractor was just around the corner and animal labor was much more efficient. It would have been much more profitable for slave owners to free their slaves and pay them some minimal wage that represented what they paid to take care of them, then gradually replace them with the new technologies around the corner. I would have certainly cost the South less in blood and in economic devastation.

I agree, Doug. It is interesting how Lincoln is deified in many quarters, but in fact he did some terrible things.

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