Originally Posted by La literatura
We'd be a lot less populated because no foreigner would want to migrate to a southern-led aristocratic hell with their "peculiar institution" choking the breath of what would have once been considered a dream of equality, happiness, and liberty.
Which was exchanged for by robber barons and crooked opportunists who were essentially doing the same in an industrial context. Slavery was disgusting. But racism was everywhere, as was elite opportunism. The only reason the South needed to lose the war was because they were clinging to a slave practice that of course was immoral, but also had potential to really, really hold the US back from meaningful industrial progress.