Originally Posted by La literatura
Although I agree that there were ultimately several factors which caused the Civil War, the institution of slavery was far and away the greatest cause. Your attempt to minimize its significance is false history and quite unfortunate.
I am not minimizing it. I am putting in its proper context. It was a state's rights issue. Along with several other issues that fell under the the same scope.
Robert E. Lee did not walk away from a successful and brilliant career in the U.S. Army to fight for slavery. He fought for Virginia.
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