Debatable, Still? The Root Causes of the Civil War

Posted By -  Doug Richards   Nearly 150 years after the fact, you don't often hear…

Georgia (Dec 9, 2010)

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Posted By -  Doug Richards


Nearly 150 years after the fact, you don't often hear debated anymore the reasons behind Southern secession and the start of the Civil War.

"The South peacefully seceded just like our founding fathers did in 1776…" says a soothing female voice, coming from a video on YouTube. The narration and storyline come off as if from a reincarnated propagandist from Jeff Davis's Confederate cabinet.

"Be proud of your Southern history and heritage," it concludes.

It's from a series of a dozen videos produced by the Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The SCV has them available on a YouTube channel.  …

"I really believe that you do not have the Civil War without the institution of slavery," said Dr. Brian Wills of the Center for the Study of the Civil War at Kennesaw State University. He hasn't seen the SCV ads, but says certain facts are irrefutable.

"The Confederates were the ones who fired the shots in Charleston [at Ft. Sumter] and that's a fact of history as well," said Dr. Wills.


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