The National Park Service: What Caused the Civil War?

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4 thoughts on “The National Park Service: What Caused the Civil War?

  1. BorderRuffian

    Yeah, what was it? Slavery or-
    “If the two sections can no longer live together, they can no longer live apart in quiet till it is determined which is master. No two civilizations ever did, or can come into contact as the North and South threaten to do, without a trial of strength, in which the weaker goes to the wall.”
    and
    “We must remain masters of the occasion, and the dominant Power on this continent.”
    New York Times, April 9, 1861
    http://www.nytimes.com/1861/04/09/news/our-policy-for-the-future.html
    (not likely to appear in an NPS pamphlet anytime soon)

    1. Maybe you should read the entire article. That same article mentions slavery among the issues dividing the North and the South. This article however, is commentary on the Northern spirit. This article is one author’s interpretation on why the Union had to be preserved and why the North had to fight. Hardly an indication of the causes of the civil war.

  2. BorderRuffian

    “Maybe you should read the entire article.”

    I sure did.

    I highlighted the primary idea presented in the article.

    The one you wish to ignore.

    What did Jefferson Davis call it in his Inaugural Address? Lust of dominion?

    1. Obviously not. You cherry picked the one section, took it out of context, and presented it as a general article. Even if you wish to take this a face testimony, this one author’s reaction does not reveal any cause. It demonstrates this person’s opinions as to why the North needed to fight, but not the underlying cause.
      It’s interesting that you referenced Davis though; given that he talks about slavery a good number of times in his justification for secession.

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