As a southern educator, it is easy to 'push the buttons' on this topic but there are some real issues here that need to be discussed during the Civil War era. This has been one of my personal favorites. I am all for the emancipation of slaves in the deep south. I also know from history the war slavery on going to go away within 5-10 years due to the invention of the tractor.
"The first half of the 1860s was a period of great experimentation but by the end of the decade the standard form of the traction engine had evolved and would change little over the next sixty years. It was widely adopted for agricultural use."
As a teacher I love to ask 'What if…' questions and the emancipation is just one of those 'What if…' questions. The emancipation leads to so many other questions. It is the idea that changing one thing has HUGE consciences for so much of the future.
But that is the beauty of teaching history in my view.