To What Extent Do You Agree or Disagree with the Idea That the North H

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I agree with the idea that the North had won the Civil War before it began to the extent of Lincoln 's conservative political stands. Trying to receive the favor of the South while winning in the North would require Lincoln to take neutral stands in heated political issues like slavery. It wasn 't really wan by the North until he broke away from these stands to enact the Emancipation Proclamation and turn the tides of war in favor of the North. "This Lincoln always publicly condemned the abolitionists who fought slavery by extra constitutional means – and condemned also the mobs who deprived them of their right of free speech and free press." (Holfstadter, Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth) Other than that, the North had the upper hand in …show more content…
The South could not win this war alone, they knew they needed the support of the British, and since the South supplied most of their cotton, it only seemed reasonable that they would be supported. However this would not work first of all because the British were anti-slavery. The South had no means of negotiation because of the earlier cotton surplus, making cotton in Britain sustainable without Southern importation for the next couple years. The British would then start relying on Egypt for cotton, completely dashing all Southern hopes of having British support. Slavery once again proved itself as a Southern curse that would not let them win the Civil War. Many Southerners felt guilty about fighting to preserve slavery and doubted the confederate cause. "..the "guilt" thesis – the suggestion that many Southern whites felt moral qualms about slavery which undermined their will to win a war fought to preserve slavery. The South, wrote historian Kenneth M. Stampp, suffered from a "weakness of morale" caused by "widespread doubts and apprehensions about the validity of the Confederate cause."" (Why Did the Confederacy Lose?, pg 127) Southerners who felt guilty in this way would feel better about defeat and see it as a way to get rid of the moral burden of slavery.
The conservative stands Lincoln originally held were broken with the Emancipation Proclamation, causing a massive internal struggle in the South to bring them down. This is
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