I was pleased to read that at least 41 percent of Americans do not believe that slavery caused the war between the CSA and the USA. I offer as evidence that the 41 percent is right and the 54 percent is wrong these words from the absolute authority on the "Civil War." Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Horace Greeley in 1863, wrote these words, which are recorded in the Congressional Library: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and not either to save or destroy slavery."
We have in downtown an excellent library where every word I write can be verified. But here is a bit more to make it more interesting: Gen. U.S. Grant, when asked about this subject, replied: "If I thought this war was about slavery, I would hang my sword and go home!"
A better question about what caused the war would be: What caused secession? For secession caused the war!
Now ask next this question? What president, past, present, or future, would like to be remembered as the president who lost a third of the country? Why did the Southern states secede? That old devil, taxation!
The Northern majority in Congress passed an excise tax on all imported hard goods. This was done to protect Northern industry.
The South's largest trading partner was Great Britain, which bought the majority of the South's greatest products: cotton, tobacco, and rice. The South, in turn, bought the majority of its hard goods from England, a mutually beneficial arrangement -- until the excise tax.
The Southern people would be forced by economics to buy hard goods made in the North. The English in turn, would buy the cotton, tobacco, and rice from India.
Thus the Southern States seceded so that they might set their own course.
John A. Holcom