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The decision to remain silent was morally wrong, and it is evident that many of the founding brothers supported the emancipation of slaves and a future end to slavery itself. Unfortunately, the divisions were so great during the debate that people feared the inner conflict would divide the country...... and it later did just that. This question doesn't call for my opinion, it asks for yours. Do you think that silencing the debate saved the country..... or do you think that had silence not been invoked, the Civil War could have been avoided?