I am writing in response to John Holcom's Aug. 18 letter to the editor "Onerous taxation, not slavery, cause of Civil War." While I do not doubt that onerous taxation was one of the causes of the Civil War, it was not the main reason of the war. Indeed it was all about slavery and the facts are not based on what 41 percent believe.
A lot more research needs to be done in that excellent library in downtown Bradenton. For instance, read all the Southern states' "Declaration of causes" for secession from the federal union. Read the separation declarations from the states of Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas, then some of the others.
Next read the speech given by Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, on March 21, 1861, as he addressed an audience in Savannah, Ga., known as the "Cornerstone Speech" and within weeks the Confederate Army attacked the United States at Fort Sumter in the harbor of South Carolina.
There were a number of reasons that led to the Civil War; however, the root cause was indeed slavery and there are too many realities of facts to deny this.
Millard M. Surrency