The solution to American history was to free the slaves and create an independent nation for these new free people. What freed people wants to share a nation with those who enslaved them? Such an independent nation should 1) be located nearby 2) contain few white people and 3) possess some geographical isolation. Fortunately such a place exists. It is called Florida.
The Plan: Emancipation without War
Time: After the U.S. took possession of Florida in 1821
- Gradual compensated emancipation
- Newly freed slaves given a ticket for a free ship or railroad ride to Florida.
- Paid for by tariffs
- No Fugitive Slave Act Slaves able to run away with impunity. Slave-owning less appealing when the healthiest and most energetic slaves disappear. Maybe Florida abolishes slavery.
- Northern abolitionists & philanthropists, along with the federal government, contribute to Florida’s medical, educational, transportation systems. Industry is also brought to Florida. See also: Up from Slavery
- Manufacturing firms & banks increase in the South. Railroads and textile factories head south. Steel mills arrive in Alabama. Common interests formed between North & South. If the South became independent, emancipation would be delayed.
- Temporary decrease in naval expenditures to save money If the British get nasty we could always invade Canada. The U.S. leases a naval base on the Keys.
- Land west of the Apalachicola River perhaps ceded to the U.S. This land contains a fair number of white people and such coastal territory is valuable to the U.S.
- Reservations maintained for the Seminole
Objection: Are industry and tariffs always desirable?
Reply: Regardless of the answer I think they are necessary to accomplish the goal.
Objection: Slaveowners are not punished.
Reply: Is emancipation without war better than revenge?
See: Death and Dying
See also: The Southern textile industry
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