We’re in a civil war that could have been resolved centuries ago if certain people had done different things. What would have happened if the thirteen colonies could not agree on slavery? That was a tough sell, even in the 1770’s, but clearly the south won. Many of our early Americans, the big ones, were Virginians. They succeeded in forestalling the debate that they were certain would be solved by a future generation. They were wrong.
“I’d like you to show me how you’re going to make me free my slaves.”
That’s basically all it’s ever been.