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Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War (Kindle Single) by [Von Drehle, David]
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As students many of us were taught that the Civil War was not triggered by or fought over the central issue of slavery. However, David Von Drehle, TIME magazine’s editor-at-large, makes a compelling case that the conflict grew solely out of this issue. Von Drehle’s argument is informed by the speeches, news articles, and rhetoric leading up to the secession of southern states, which later took up arms to protect their right to own humans and to move that system of bondage west. What the North fought for was less clear--abolition on moral grounds (when the North itself was built using slave labor and had only decades before ended the practice?) or to prevent disunion, as any alternative may have proved more disastrous than a civil war. Von Drehle also tackles the question of how varying histories of the war’s cause (state’s rights, Northern imperialism) came to occupy our collective beliefs. Though deeply pragmatic, we’re a nation that takes many actions based on our moral principles, and the clear picture of history presented in this Kindle Single is a reminder of our missteps and values.  --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 142 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Time (April 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4KQ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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