There has been lots of stuff on the internet, both videos and articles, lately about what they are calling “America’s Second Civil War.” Actually, that title is based on a false assumption. The war that was fought from 1861-65 was not a civil war. It was a war of Northern aggression to prevent Southern independence, because Southern independence would have meant no more tariff money from the South for Lincoln and his friends to finance their pet projects in the North.
The North and South were not fighting over the same government. The South had no interest in capturing the Northern government—they just wanted out, but the North needed the tariff money and so they fought. The slavery question we have all been taught to believe was the North’s Holy Grail was, at best, peripheral.
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