“The Unromantic Slaughter of the Civil War”

“It should always be remembered that America did not ‘go to war’ in 1860. America was attacked in 1860 by a formidable rebel faction seeking to protect the expansion of slavery. That faction did not simply want slavery to continue in America; they dreamed of a tropical empire of slavery encompassing Cuba, Nicaragua, and perhaps the whole of South America. This faction was not only explicitly pro-slavery but explicitly anti-democratic. The newly declared Confederacy attacked America not because it was being persecuted, but because it was unable to win a democratic election.”

Ta-Nehesi Coates, June 20th, 2013 The Atlantic

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