Slavery was the Main Cause of the Civil War 

By Levi Anthony - Posted 4/25/2011


Last Tuesday, April 12, was the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It was on that day in 1861 that Confederate forces in South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter, a federal military fort. That act led to a brutal war that pitted the North against the South which took the lives of over 600,000 Americans on both sides.

The War is long over but in some respects, we are still fighting it. There are still disagreements over the Civil War. Why was it fought? What were the reasons for the war? Was it about slavery? States Rights? Tariffs?

In December last year, the Republican governor of Virginia,Bob McDonnell, declared April to be ’Confederate History Month’ in that state. It immediately angered Civil Rights leaders across the nation. Why? Because, incredibly, the declaration made no mention of slavery as a cause of the Civil War. When asked about the omission of slavery, the Governor said, “there were any number of aspects” to the Civil War, which “obviously” included slavery and he “focused on the ones I thought were most significant to Virginia.”
 

In December last year, the Republican governor of Virginia,Bob McDonnell, declared April to be ’Confederate History Month’ in that state. It immediately angered Civil Rights leaders across the nation. Why? Because, incredibly, the declaration made no mention of slavery as a cause of the Civil War. When asked about the omission of slavery, the Governor said, “there were any number of aspects” to the Civil War, which “obviously” included slavery and he “focused on the ones I thought were most significant to Virginia.”

In a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, roughly one in four Americans said they sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union, a figure that rises to nearly four in ten among white Southerners. When asked the reason behind the Civil War, whether it was fought over slavery or states’ rights, 52 percent of all Americas said the leaders of the Confederacy seceded to keep slavery legal in their state, but a sizeable 42 percent minority said slavery was not the main reason why those states seceded. [...] When broken down by political party, most Democrats said southern states seceded over slavery, independents were split and most Republicans said slavery was not the main reason that Confederate states left the Union.

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