Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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As to most of the men in the ranks of the armies of the Confederacy, they were, in my opinion, by-and-large pawns - dupes - used to carry out the desperate plans of the dying planter class. They were, presumably, mostly non-slave owners who had been fed the "state's rights" doctrine all their lives. They went to war gladly to preserve their "rights." Matter-of-fact, a cursory examination of all our wars has led me to recognize varying degrees of duplicity in the causes leading to all our wars, some moreso than others. But, that's another matter.
Having seen Ken Burns' excellent documentary on DVD, this article reminds us of the origins that led to the focal point in our nation's history. Yet slavery is not new in our world history, going as far back as Egypt's enslavement of the Hebrews as chronicled in the book of Exodus, perhaps even before then. Von Drehle reminds us that with the formation of the United States, slavery was on everyone's minds back then, and it was brought to the forefront in the 1800s.
There is no way of knowing what would have happened if the Confederate forces had won the Civil War. Would we have become two nations, possibly multiple nations, within our own borders? Would slavery have continued? Or would it have resulted in future battles and wars in later years? The questions are endless. All we know is that without the Civil War, we would have not become the one nation under God that we were meant to become.
It's time to quit white-washing history and get back to the facts of what it really was, bruises and all. Slavery was not meant to be, point blank. That it happened is a painful reminder of where we came from as a nation, and a warning to the future of what must never happen again.
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