Re: The "Corner-stone Speech" by A. Stephens
Most of the northern states had adopted systems of gradual emancipation to end slavery, so something along those lines could have worked. Lincoln proposed a system of gradual, compensated emancipation to the loyal slave states beginning in the fall of 1861. Gradual emancipation would have allowed time for educating and training in prepartion for the responsibilities of freedom.
It is interesting that freedmen generally took a keen interest in education, some USCT regiments actually hiring teachers to tutor them. Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, Missouri, was founded in 1865 by black and white veterans of two of Missouri's USCT regiments for the education of freedmen. It remained the state's black college until desegregation with Brown v. Board of Education.