Yesterday I came across this tweet from historian Michael Beschloss. There are any number of ways one could react to people who insist that, “Lincoln should have simply allowed the South to secede in 1861.” First, we could push back against the wording of the question itself. Not all of the Southern states seceded between December 1860 and May 1861. The slaveholding Border States of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware remained in the Union throughout the war.
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