Why The War Was Not About Slavery: Clyde Wilson

Conventional wisdom of the moment tells us that the great war of 1861—1865 was “about” slavery or was “caused by” slavery. I submit that this is not a historical judgment but a political slogan What a war is about has many answers according to the varied perspectives of different participants and of those who come after. To limit so vast an event as that war to one cause is to show contempt for the complexities of history as a quest for the understanding of human action.

But if you insist on a short answer solution as to what caused the war I will venture one. The cause of the greatest bloodletting in American history was Yankee greed and hatred. This is infinitely documented before, during, and after the war.

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  1. Auggie Doggie says:

    By any reasonable reading of the Constitution, or conception of the act of secession, Fort Sumter legally reverted to South Carolina the instant that South Carolina seceded from the Union (the fort was empty at that point). South Carolina attacked a Northern military detachment which had illegally and without orders occupied the fort so they could bombard any shipping that declined to pay the hated Northern excise tax. For apologists, it appears perfectly all right for a foreign nation to sit in another nation’s harbor to collect a tax. Anyone with even a modicum of historical curiosity understands that Fort Sumter was a ploy to enable Lincoln’s invasion of the South, in order to keep his expanding empire intact.

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