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|Just MHO - but whoever thought there was A cause of the war? I've never understood that.
There were two sides fighting - why would anyone assume they were fighting for the same reason? There was a Southern reason and a Northern reason. Whether it's Preserving the Union vs. slavery, Freeing the slaves vs. State's Rights, etc., etc. I'd love to find the first person who asked "What was the Cause of the war?" It creates a false premise, which by definition precludes a valid conclusion. When in history have two opposing sides been fighting for the same reason?