This is the first installment in a series of articles covering Conservative Social Engineering (CSE) involving US History. This story begins in Liberia. Fully supported by references we can use to start a debate.
White citizens objected to a minimum wage of $0 because that threatened their income. The Republican party was formed mostly by renegade Democrats in 1854 that demanded higher wages for working class people in northern industrialized states a few years before the Panic of 1857 (click here).
"Not only was the decline in the real income of native workers large, but it persisted for nearly a decade. The worst phase of their depression came during 1853-1855. Those were years of substantial decline in the nonagricultural demand for labor, with sagging wages and widespread layoffs in construction, iron, and lumber."
Abraham Lincoln modified his plan and refused to pay for confiscated "property" after Confederates invaded northern states. The Emancipation Proclamation was nothing more than revenge for the Battle of Gettysburg.
Emancipation became possible only because of the Panic of 1857. Lincoln was elected after financial collapse, caused by speculators at the end of the Crimea War, was used to justify an ethnic cleansing campaign by the Republican party. Lincoln's assassination put a halt to those plans.