This book is an eye-opener for those who still believe the American Civil War, fought between 1861 and 1865, which killed at least 1,030,000 which was about 3% of the population.
50,000 civilians and 620,000 soldier deaths. Maybe these figures are higher.
Of course, this accounted for more American deaths than all of the other wars America has been involved in. If you thought that this war was fought for the sake of freeing the slaves, you will be convinced otherwise……
Carol Duff, VT
Washington, D.C – If you think the Civil war was fought to end slavery, you’ve been duped.
Bestselling military historian Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. makes the case in his provocative new book and his argument will change the way you think about Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the legacy of America’s momentous Civil War.
It wasn’t it about slavery?
- No political party advocated freeing the slaves in the presidential election of 1860
- The Republican Party platform opposed the expansion of slavery to the Western states, but it did not embrace abolition.
What caused the bloodiest war on American soil if it wasn’t the abolition of slavery?
- The South financed most of the federal government before the war—because the federal government was funded by tariffs, which were paid disproportionately by the agricultural South, which important manufactured goods
- Most federal government spending and subsidies benefited the North
- The South wanted a more limited federal government and lower tariffs and when it couldn’t get them it opted for independence
- Lincoln decided to use force to bring back the seceded Southern states—and their tariff money—back
Well-documented and compelling, It Wasn’t About Slavery: Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War is the much-needed challenger to accepted, yet skewed history and teaches the true, yet ignored causes of the Civil War.
Excerpt from the book:
History has been re-written by the North–Page xvii
The war for Southern Self-determination was not solely about slavery. Freeing the slaves was a result of the war, not the casus belli.
In my view, slavery was part of the Cold War-like struggle between the North and South, whose economic, customs, religious values and ways of life were increasingly divergent. If culture is defined as the total way of life of a people, they had distinct cultures from the beginning.
Only with the evolution of modern historical thought, heavily influenced by the ideas and tactics of Marx and Stalin, did the Civil War become “all about slavery.” Marxist history validates the words of Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne, who warned his men, “Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers their version of the war; will be impressed by all the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.”
About the author: Dr. Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. is the author of more than forty books, most of which are centered on World War II. He has appeared on the History Channel and the BBC, been a visiting professor at West Point, and served as an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.
CounterPoint from The Daily Beast: The Civil War’s Dirty Secret: It Was Always About Slavery