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The Gettysburg Lectures$
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Gabor S. Boritt

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195089110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089110.001.0001

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One Alone? The United States and National Self-determination

One Alone? The United States and National Self-determination

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(p.121) 5 One Alone? The United States and National Self-determination (p.122)
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The Gettysburg Lectures
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Kenneth M. Stampp

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089110.003.0005

Self-determination or independence of the Confederacy was not what Lincoln and his planners advocated. Although the term “self-determination” was not then in use, southern secession was in essence an assertion of that right. However, this movement had its oddities. In a nutshell, the white South's drive for independence was its perception of Lincoln as a threat to its slave labor system. Lincoln anticipated the end of slavery for the first time after the victory of the Union at Gettysburg. Historically, the success of movements for self-determination has had little to do with justice or the morality of individuals. Success has depended on the good will of the national state involved, as can be observed from the internal issues of the United States.

Keywords:   Gettysburg, Union, Thirteenth Amendment, slavery, disintegration, ethnic minorities, negotiated separation, self-determination

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