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Old 30 June 2015, 10:09 PM
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The reason for secession and war (slavery) isn't necessarily the same as the reasons why individual soldiers fought. But the war was about slavery. The reasons why soldiers fought ranged from preserving slavery and that way of life to wanting to fight for one's homeland. As I understand it, at the time of the war, people identified much more as citizens of their states than as citizens of the US. That doesn't mean that there's any complexity to what the war was about.
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