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The Civil War, why are people denying it was about slavery?

A few weeks before Captain George S. James sent the first mortar round arcing through the predawn darkness toward Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, Abraham Lincoln cast his Inaugural Address as a last-ditch effort to win back the South. A single thorny issue divided the nation, he declared: "One section of our country believes slavery is right and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute."

It was not a controversial statement at the time. Indeed, Southern leaders were saying similar things during those fateful days. But 150 years later, Americans have lost that clarity about the cause of the Civil War, the most traumatic and transformational event in U.S. history, which left more than 625,000 dead - more Americans killed than in both world wars combined.

Shortly before the Fort Sumter anniversary, Harris Interactive polled more than 2,500 adults across the country, asking what the North and South were fighting about. A majority, including two-thirds of white respondents in the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, answered that the South was mainly motivated by "states' rights" rather than the future of slavery.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time-

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:38 PM on Apr. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:39 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • because it wasn't its about states' rights. Yahoo.com is not a reliable or credible source :)
    yesmaam

    Answer by yesmaam at 12:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • People put emphasis on slavery because of moral beliefs and values tell them its wrong which make it the focal point. I do not agree with slavery. There's too much to say on this topic, but there is overwhelming evidence to prove this claim false.
    yesmaam

    Answer by yesmaam at 12:44 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • The source is Time magazine...Yahoo posted

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:48 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • People put emphasis on slavery because of moral beliefs and values tell them its wrong which make it the focal point. I do not agree with slavery. There's too much to say on this topic, but there is overwhelming evidence to prove this claim false.


    Read the article and what the PEOPLE IN THAT TIME said. The people who were INVOLVED in the war

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:49 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • sweet Keep Googling you will get the right answer!

    If they would teach history in schools you would know this.
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 12:50 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Abraham Lincoln cast his Inaugural Address as a last-ditch effort to win back the South. A single thorny issue divided the nation, he declared: "One section of our country believes slavery is right and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute


    As the Constitution was being written, James Madison observed, "It seems now to be pretty well understood that the real difference of interests lies not between the large and small but between the Northern and Southern states. The institution of slavery and its consequences form the line."

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:51 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Slavery was one of the "states' rights" that was being disputed. It wasn't the whole issue, but it made up a big part of the argument that the Federal Government didn't have jurisdiction over whether the southern states could have slave labor. The southern states felt it was something that should be decided state-by-state. So. . . the question is nebulous. It was about states' rights. . . but the big "right" that was disputed was slavery.
    jsbenkert

    Answer by jsbenkert at 12:51 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Did you also know that blacks fought wililngly for the South?
    yesmaam

    Answer by yesmaam at 12:54 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

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    Did you also know that blacks fought wililngly for the South?

    Maybe you should read the ENTIRE article...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:57 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

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