Originally Posted by Quintus Ennius
What would have happened if the Compromise of 1850 never happened? Would the Civil War have happened a few years earlier? Would the North still have had an advantage against the South without the years of industrialization this allowed for the North?
The North did use those ten years to lay a lot more train track than the Deep
South and ratchet up its industrial infrastructure.
I don't see the nation being torn by a civil war at this time. There was no
gauntlet throwing down by the Republican Party to challenge the Deep
South on slavery, the nation wasn't to the boiling point that it was when
Lincoln took office. There was no bolstering of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793,
no Uncle Tom's Cabin
, no Kansas-Nebraska Act, no Bleeding Kansas,
no Dred Scott and no John Brown raid.
Some radical Deep South leaders would have complained, but I do not see
them getting the national support they were able to ten years later.