University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine says that myths regarding the Civil War and its causes persist despite the evidence of history. It seems to me that some of those myths are, if anything, more popular today than they were a half-century ago and have found spokespersons among some influential figures of the political Right Wing. Particularly popular with some today is the assertion that slavery was not the main issue of the Civil War – to hear some Neo-con and Tea Party types tell it you might think the Civil War was fought because the North launched an unprovoked attack on the South and slavery didn’t enter into the matter at all. As Levine points out, the historical evidence is clear that slavery was the central issue that the war was fought over and no one doubted that at the time.
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