Did you know that Lincoln supposedly offered to Repatriate Blacks at one point?
I seems as if he was adamant about it...
That feeling that THIS was ALL we knew and that we have a claim and stake here... was apparently evident then too for the Black Leaders [preachers] that he met with.
[It seemed to be a strong armed attempt by Lincoln... This or nothing... No discussion, etc.]
I wouldn't be too romantic about Europe either... but I don't know... no situation at the time, though perhaps better, seems to be perfect.
It seems to me to be a choice of Pick Your Battleground... But that's my state-side, narrow perspective.