• It Wasn’t About Slavery

  • Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War
  • By: Samuel W. Mitcham
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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It Wasn’t About Slavery

By: Samuel W. Mitcham
Narrated by: John McLain
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Publisher's Summary

Was the Civil War really about slavery? Or was it a war fought over money? Civil War historian Samuel W. Mitcham Jr., (Vicksburg, Bust Hell Wide Open) opens his fascinating new book, It Wasn't About Slavery, with Dr. Grady McWhiney's claim that "what passes as standard American history is really Yankee history written by New Englanders or their puppets to glorify Yankee heroes and ideals".   

Relying on 19th-century sources, Mitcham lays out his case that slavery was not the primary cause of the Civil War and that the Civil War narrative taught in schools today is wildly misleading.

©2020 Samuel W. Mitcham (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing
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Abbeville Condensed

This book is essentially a highly condensed version of the Abbeville Institute’s re interpretation of the South and the Second War for Independence. It’s not Lost Cause. It reckons honestly, very honestly, with Slavery but makes clear the biggest problems with Lincoln. Perfect introduction to the confusing and ridiculously biased history of the “Civil War.”

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Very detailed events that led to the war

This book describes in great detail the events that led to the war and gives the listener quotes and numerical figures that seem to be left out of the narrative of this time period. The author does have some biases, however, if the listener can get past these biases I believe this book will paint a clearer picture of the people and events of this time period.

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Title Should Read NOT only about slavery

Considering that Mitcham is a college professor and military historian, the extreme ideological prose in his book and meager evidence for his thesis is appalling. However the book is worth reading because Mitcham does present plenty of evidence against the popular myth that the war was carried out by Lincoln and the Union primarily to end slavery. That claim is also untrue.

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Essential to understanding Southern pride

In a world dominated by Critical Race Theory and the false narratives which accompany it, this book provides much-needed context and perspective. The author makes a compelling arguments that the South cannot be blamed for the war and was ultimately a victim, that the South had just cause and legal right to secede, and that the North profited more from slavery and the slave trade than the South ever did or could.

Unquestionably a Southern apology, but this book has me ready to fly the Stars and Bars. Don't settle for Yankee history without first knowing the other side of the story.

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Very Informative.

This was a very informative book. There was a lot of details that wasn't taught in school.

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excellent book for those wanting true history

this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to know the true history regarding the United States and the antebellum era. it totally discredis the propaganda history taught by every high school and college since the 1960s

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a must

a must for anyone who wants to know the true history of the civil war and the years surrounding it

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Fascinating

Great book that clarifies some common myths in US history. Very well written and a must have addition to any history buffs library

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A great book for those taught by history teachers

This book gives a huge eye opener to a person like myself who was taught that the war was all about slavery. The book delves into just how damn corrupt our government has been since day one. Even if you think this book is biased it makes you look at the big picture.

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Excellent chronology of the facts

Well researched-well organized text examining the truth behind the origins of the Civil War

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