• If there was an antebellum "consensus" on the law of slavery, there would have been no civil war. So the question is a bit silly. But I would say that was the uneasy "let sleeping dogs lie" attitude that the Northerners took before the Federal vs. States rights question forced the issue.
    • LogicHead
      But Lincoln's view was that a state could not secede. If only 25% of the population opposed secession it was Lincoln's duty to protect these citizens
  • VERY FALSE What isn’t widely known, however, is that Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, in an early version of the Declaration, drafted a 168-word passage that condemned slavery as one of the many evils foisted upon the colonies by the British crown. The passage was cut from the final wording. Decades later, in his autobiography, Jefferson primarily blamed two Southern states for the clause’s removal, while acknowledging the North’s role as well. "The clause...reprobating the enslaving the inhabitants of Africa, was struck out in compliance to South Carolina and Georgia, who had never attempted to restrain the importation of slaves, and who on the contrary still wished to continue it. Our Northern brethren also I believe felt a little tender under these censures; for tho' their people have very few slaves themselves, yet they had been pretty considerable carriers of them to others.”

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