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Question: Before the Civil War, did the USA ever offer something like a “5-year plan” for the South to abolish slavery? Answer The abolitionist Lysander Spooner's 1858 plan to end slavery with the cooperation of non slave holding southerners fits your criteria. He does call for military involvement of the south, but it's not clear if that is to subdue ...


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Generally speaking, iron tools---like the land itself--would have been the property of a nobleman. Here's a book chapter which compares serfdom with slavery. It explains (with my emphasis added): Serfs had at their disposal the means of producing their own livelihood. As working peasants they controlled, but they did not own, the material implements ...


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The federal government didn't offer any sort of plan for compensated emancipation to the slave states, because the slave states had too much control and influence in the federal government before 1860 for the federal government to take any sort of anti slavery action. After the election of 1860, when the slave states clearly saw they had lost their ...


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