Slavery and the Civil War

 Posted by on 24 January 2011 at 8:00 am  History
Jan 242011

Recently, the Washington Post published a good short essay by James Loewen on Five myths about why the South seceded. Those myths are:

  1. The South seceded over states’ rights.
  2. Secession was about tariffs and taxes.
  3. Most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, so they wouldn’t secede for slavery.
  4. Abraham Lincoln went to war to end slavery.
  5. The South couldn’t have made it long as a slave society.

If you’d like to do some serious reading on the Civil War, I highly recommend James McPherson’s stellar history of the Civil War, Battle Cry of Freedom. And I’d recommend the stellar trilogy of historical fiction by Jeff and Michael Shaara: Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, and Last Full Measure.

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