This editorial, along with two others from 1865, were just posted in the From the archive section of the Economist’s website. This British newspaper considered the Republican victory in November 1860 as such an important moment in large part because the pro-slavery “Southern party” had finally been defeated. “The tide [had]… turned” and, as the Economist argued, it marked “the commencement of a permanent and sustained movement” against slavery in the United States.
Also be sure to read this editorial on Lincoln’s assassination. Some might be surprised at the conclusion that Lincoln’s death would affect more than just Americans – “It is not merely that a great man has passed away, but” as the Economist explained, “he has disappeared at the very time when his special greatness seemed almost essential to the world.” While the Economist has other editorials available on a variety of subjects, including President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, only subscribers can access them.