I'm extremely disappointed Qatz didn't rise to my bait. dgun, this is your fault you sensible person you.
But what if these well-publicized political squabbles were really just a smokescreen for the money behind the curtain?
What if they were all a bunch of Nazi Space Lizards?
Are you making the assumption that there were one set of interests, and that the united powers that existed at the time were putting on a show to fool the public? Has it ever occurred to you that maybe there really was several powerful forces with diverse interests battling each other?
This is one of your more egregious errors and you have made it several times during this thread.
Research Andrew Johnson's presidency and his impeachment to see what I'm talking about. Have you ever wondered why Andrew Johnson, from the slave holding southern state of Tennessee, was Lincoln's VP? And if he was Lincoln's VP, why did he have such a hell of a time with the Republicans in congress and most of Lincoln's cabinet following Lincoln's death? And why was Lincoln's cabinet never completely united on the objectives of the war?
We know so much about this time period through letters and journals that were never meant to be published. Or is that huge body of documentation part of your vague, impossible, all encompassing conspiracy that spans all of American history and touches on every possible topic?
Abraham Lincoln was born dirt poor in Kentucky, was self-educated, and rose to only moderate professional success in practicing law in Illinois, and only moderate national success in politics before 1860, having served only one unremarkable term in congress to that point. He won the Republican Primary in 1860 only by the skin of his teeth, and only after some complicated maneuvering between at least two candidates who were better known and had more momentum. He was the completely unexpected, compromise candidate of the Republicans. The industrialists of the north-east? They mocked him. They didn't take him serious and they didn't support him. At least at first. He eventually won them over.
But that's not all. If there had not been 4 parties receiving significant votes in 1860, Lincoln would never have been elected. Lincoln's first term was mostly a fluke, not some contrived and absurd conspiracy to replace free labor with more than free labor. To claim that Lincoln represents what you have claimed he represents is just a result of willful ignorance on your part.