I have been looking for some documentary support for the claim that Lincoln did not attempt to free the slaves immediately upon becoming president because at the time he still held a large portfolio of slave call options at the Charleston Slave Market. I would be satisfied with any written support (other than this post) with or without footnotes.
posted on 06/20/2002 1:54:15 PM PDT
posted on 06/20/2002 2:26:41 PM PDT
Are you serious? An 1861 options market on slave futures in Charleston?
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