From William H. Seward
???The Irrepressible Conflict??? (1858)
Today we have two radically different systems that exist is our country; the slave owners and the freeman believers. We have one system that is based on slave labor and the other system on voluntary labor. The slave system is not only ignorant, unjust and inhuman towards the people doing the labor but rather weight of bad feeling on the shoulders of all white??™s weather they have slaves or not. Our communities will either flourish or droop based on the justice that they practice on their own humanity. Our free labor system is devoted or in agreement with the law of equality. It educates all the say way, and it opens the doors to opportunities in industrial employment regardless of what class they come from. The two systems we have in place today are not compatible with each other. We cannot be united as a nation and have two different systems or two different definitions of equality. Never have they existed in one country and they never will. With that said and done we have to acknowledge that our population is increasing. We are building roads, highways, and railroads connected us with each other. The daily interactions that happen due to commerce only bring us closer together. It is slowly but surely bring the states closer into a one nation under one voice. You can clearly see that these two systems, slavery and anti-slavery are coming together and therefore they cannot co-exist and eventually they will collide. This collision would mean that the United Stations soon or later will either have to accept itself as a slave holding nation or entirely free-labor nation.
As William Seward mentioned the states are slowly but surely coming closer together. The relationship between states is growing very strong due to commerce. Even the American people are now somewhat divided over slavery they all share the same values and dreams. This document has a very major importance in the history because it is one of the first steps in establishing a Free Labor System in the United States. The idea of a free independent men is growing larger. Not only that slavery is contradiction with religion but it??™s also a political issue. We got the independence on the basis that all men were created equally but not the slaves. We value god??™s word but we want to enslave and hurt other people. So you can clearly see its contradiction and people are starting to realize this. If we??™re all going to be one nation under one voice then we need to set our standards. The nation must choose if they want to endorse the idea of slavery or if they want freedom of labor and equality.
I applaud Mr. Seward??™s effort to point out the collision that??™s about to happen. Some Americans were for a free society and others were for a slave society. The Western states relied heavily on slave labor and freeing of the slaves would devastate their profits. The Northern on the other side believe in the idea of a free labor and all men create equal idea. At the same time you can see that the north and the south were getting closed and relied heavily upon each other. The south needed costumers to buy its products and the north needed the products. However, the idea of a free society and a slave society could not co-exist in the same nation. Therefore, William Seward is correct when he says that these two radical different political systems could not co-exist.