At the time that he was the president of the United States, slavery was dying a natural death all over the western world. It had just been expired by a legislation in England. It had just dies a natural death. That is, it was no longer economically feasible in Puerto Rico and Brazil. And the southern plantation owners were on the cusp of dying here. Instead of allowing it to die or helping it to die or even purchasing the slaves and then freeing them, which would have cost a lot less money than the civil war cost, Lincoln set about on the most murderous war in American history.
Over seven hundred and fifty thousand soldiers and civilians, all Americans, died. That’s more people killed as a result of American military action in one war than in all wars combined.
That of course spawned Jim Crow. That of course spawned the Ku Klux Klan. That of course spawned the need for a Martin Luther King.which was a good end result from that. But the so called freedom that Lincoln thought he was bringing, wouldn’t come about for another hundred and twenty five years because of its birth in violence and its birth in government violence rather than its birth in the natural progress of human freedom
Lincoln soldiers, burnt court houses, robbed banks, raped women, destroyed crops, killed civilians and they were lauded for it as heroic. And they did this to their fellow Americans. This is hardly something out of which a myth or godlike stature you would expect to come. And yet it did because of the demonizing of the South.