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  •  Slavery was LEGAL in the North, (0+ / 0-)

    because that was inherited from the laws of the British Empire (and ironically, if our independence had been delayed a few decades, it would have been illegal all over; in fact, since Britain was discussing abolition in the 1770s, independence may have been a pre-emptive strike to keep slavery, at least to the Southern colonies).  But it was rare, with most slaves being household servants, and the Northerners did not base their entire ECONOMY on the large scale use of slaves, as did the South.  This may have been one reason abolition was more popular there.

    I do agree with one point you made, that the Union did not "do anything with" their win; people like John Wilkes Booth may have had something to do with that.  Also the KKK cutting short Reconstruction with violence.  And the fact that Republican abolitionism, in that era, believed that the ONLY thing slaves needed was to be LEGALLY emancipated rather than active assistance in learning how to be free and prosperous caused the South to be left alone with no economic help for white OR black citizens until the Depression and World War II.

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