Civil War Institute
A few weeks ago one of our readers posted a comment on one of our blog posts asking for a “best guess” as to when slavery would have ended in the South had the Confederacy been successful in winning its independence. There is, of course, no easy answer to this question, as counter-factual history is just that: not factual. However, the question is an important one that deserves attention and at the very least can be used to explore some ways in which slavery can be contextualized in the Civil War era.
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Lauck, Jeffrey L., "An End to Slavery in the Confederacy: One of the Civil War's Greatest "What-Ifs"" (2016). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 212.