I finally saw the movie “Lincoln” this evening. A companion asked me “Suppose that the Civil War had never been fought or the South had won. How much longer could they have continued with slavery given that it had been abolished in most of the rest of the world?” I didn’t have a good answer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolition_of_slavery_timeline shows that legal slavery persisted in Arab and North African countries until as late as 2007 though the last country that was reasonably comparable to the American South, Brazil, seems to have completely abolished slavery in 1888.
What do readers think? How long would slavery have lasted in the South if the confederate states had been successful in seceding?
[Separately, I was shocked to learn from the movie that two Connecticut Representatives had voted against the 13th Amendment. But then I asked “the Google” (as George W. Bush referred to it) and the consensus seems to be that in fact Connecticut’s delegation was solidly in favor of the amendment. The screenwriters were apparently too lazy to use the Internet to check this seemingly ridiculous fact. If they got that wrong it is hard to know how much of the rest of the movie to believe…]