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Old 24 September 2018, 04:41 AM
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That’s my take, but I’m interested to hear an alternative (if anyone would put one forth). On the subject of hindsight, much of what Lincoln actually did was "unthinkable" by mid-19th century standards and yet he did it anyways. Are we right in thinking that freeing all slaves with the stroke of a pen and some bayonets would have really been "too far" even though so much else wasn’t?

I really do think the answer is "obviously yes," not only because of the legal/constitutional reasons, but because "bayonets" weren’t as much of an option for those states not in open rebellion.
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