If Lincoln had not persevered, imagine what the greatest international challenges of the 20th Century would have been like without a United States. Hitler, Stalin, Tojo unchecked. OMG.
A Confederacy successful in separation from the Union and founded upon the right of succession, how long would it have been before Virginia and Texas made their separate ways (along with other Southern "republics")? Would the North, suffering the fissures of disunion, have become Balkanized?
Lincoln was the man of his time, and just maybe our time, too.
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