Do you think it would have been possible for the united states to abolish slavery without the civil war?

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Abolishing Slavery in the U.S.: Yes, certainly.  The rest of the world has done so, some before 1865, some since.

But without war it would not have been possible to destroy the political power of the South and bring the South's labor, natural, and agricultural resources under the control of northern industrial politicians and business men.