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"The culture created by dueling, a curse that stemmed from Irish and European practices, has not been fully recognized as a cause of the war,” says the author, D. Laurence Rogers. “Under political stress, Southern gentlemen like Jefferson Davis and Howell Cobb fell back on their cultural instincts that valued pride rather than compromise. Political disputes often escalated to duels in which one party might be maimed or killed over a disagreement that could have been settled peaceably. With the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, there was no thought of negotiation but rather a consensus of fear in the South that Republicans would enforce an end to slavery. Thus a challenge much like that given in a duel was issued by bombardment of Fort Sumter -- and the war came.”

"The book also includes an exposition of the successes of the union’s U.S. Colored troops. Black soldiers led by major generals David Bell Birney and William Birney took the race far above the first tentative queries, “will they fight?” proven by Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, and other battles, to the glories of combat victories at New Market Heights, Richmond, Petersburg and Appomattox as well as destruction and confiscation of animals and goods in central Florida. These Southern-born Union leaders, perhaps because of their familiarity with slaves on plantations in Kentucky and Alabama, led by winning the confidence of their colored troops through egalitarian treatment – a concept vital to leadership in all organizations and enterprises, especially today."

This pretty much shows the agenda behind this book. To sum it up. Treasury of Virtue nonesense.

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