That's fine thetom, but whatever you folks say slavery was the main issue.
Like the civil war wasn't about states rights. It was abolitionist vs slave owners.
#24 | Posted by bruceaz
That is BS. Learn a little history.
The relative unimportance of slavery as a cause for war was made clear by Lincoln himself during his campaign for the Presidency in 1860, and he repeated that message in his first inaugural address:
Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican administration then- property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered.... I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it now exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
Even after the outbreak of war in 1861, Lincoln confirmed his previous stand. He declared:
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.