I was thinking on those lines. The crops and the profit from them was the driving force for the economy then. Our industrial revolution hadn't evolved into the powerhouse it did after the war. I'm no expert on these matters but it runs up the red flag to me. Lincolns' comments on the 'income' are related to the production and we all know the production of the big crops came from the South in those days. It's kind of funny reading about the success of Corn. I thought it was always a biggie since the Pilgrims were shown how to plant it. The Middle states didn't become leading agricultural centers til after the war. Heck, some weren't even states then. Without the South, how would the US earn its keep?
The Economic impact has a lot more to do with it than slavery. At least that is the conclusion I'm getting in my readings from other sources and these fascinating newspapers. I'm still just happy danciing about Joe's post on the Judge the other day. The Judge put it all out there and it is everything we've been saying all along. Wonder if he's lurked here? If so---Hi Judge!