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 Posted: Mon Jun 1st, 2009 08:58 pm
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Joined: Fri Jan 25th, 2008
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It seems to me that slavery was the key issue (although I like the Taco theory).

But it really came down to certain states and the individuals in those states not wanting to be told what to do by a central government.  The problem with all of these 21st century discussions of what caused the 19th century Civil War is that they lack the perspective of the time.

The issue of states versus national government clearly had not been resolved.  Think about this - the time that had elapsed from the creation of the United States to the start of the Civil War was about the same amount of time that has elapsed between the end of WW II and today.  There were many powerful men on both sides that had parents who were there when the Union was created.  Many said - this is not what we had in mind when we agreed to this USA thing.


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