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Old 01 July 2015, 08:18 PM
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Wars are always largely about what the guy carrying the pointy stick thinks they are about.
That isn't about the relationship between wars. That is a sweeping statement about all wars.

I disagree that wars are about what the soldiers think it's about. I think that it's important to consider both, and to make the distinction. The war began over slavery. Period.

The soldiers fought for a variety of reasons, some of which included slavery. In fact, according to a book on the subject, most Southern soldiers' reasons for fighting included the right to own slaves, white supremacy, and to preserve their way of life. (From this book: http://www.amazon.com/Holt-McDougal-.../dp/0385476345). Most Northerners were about equally racist, by the way, but by the end of the war they tended to realize that slavery had to end.

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