> it allied with the South (the pro-slavery side) It did not ally with the South. It was certainly very sympathetic to their cause, and some individuals took action, mostly in the cause of what they would regard as free trade. Shots were exchanged, but no real war.However even the dimmest Brit worked out the the South never had chance against an industrialised state.Supporting the South would have been really quite easy. Sail the British fleet into Washington. As you may recall the White house is that colour for that very reason.At that point in time Britain had no decent enemies, so could have focused its might solely on the northern states which it outgunned handsomely. It could have roped in some German states, and possibly France.New York could have secceeded with British cover. Perhaps Britain would have kept NY as part of the settlement as a free port.However, by this time British sentiment had moved on from military supported emancipation to a sortb of libertarianism where it was deemed that if you weren't smart enough to free yourself, then you deserved what you got.You're right of course that the money men liked being a war supplier and didn't want the appalling cost of supporting a bunch of degenerates. Alas, Britain failed to learn the lesson of the folly of choosing officers from an inbred class of upper class drones, and the effect of modern weapons on troops crossing open ground. This led to the carnage in WWI.>I feel that the moral guilt for slavery falls lighter I don't see it as guilt. I'm a Heinleiner, I believe in personal superiority, not racial. I am superior to an Afrikaner or a southern slave owner because I don't need laws to coddle me against competition. I win or lose on my own merits, but of course see my disclaimer.Evil is not the same as very bad.Slaveowners weren't 'evil'. Most genuinely believed that black people's "true" position was as slaves, and that little could be expected of them. The latter of course being an aspect of modern left-wing views of coloured people. Again as a Heinleiner, albeit a white person, I fear for the effect that being a slaveowning society has on the owners.To be "evil" requires that you know what you are doing is wrong. Everything else is weakness, ba luck, stupidity, religious fervour or incompetence.