Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Don't Spin the Civil War

. . .and another timely essay, for good measure. This one from Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr., well worth a read. Full article here
My neighborhood friend Jon Udis got a subscription to Civil War Times Illustrated, and our regular discussions of sports heroes Bill Russell, Johnny Unitas and Carl Yastrzemski were briefly interrupted by talk about Grant and Lee, Sherman and "Stonewall" Jackson.
But our conversations, like so many about the war, focused on people and battles, not on why the confrontation happened in the first place. There remains enormous denial over the fact that the central cause of the war was our national disagreement about race and slavery, not states' rights or anything else.

1 comment:

Andy Hall said...

But, but. . , tariffs, that's why!

Dionne is generally considered a left-leaning commentator, but Allen Guelzo, blogging at the conservative FrumForum, does a take-down of the states rights argument, as well.

Who says bipartisanship is dead?