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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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A great book if you hate Lincoln

This is very one sided work. It is helpful if you wish to understand the degree of disdain the south held towards the north and Lincoln. If the Civil War was not about slavery, why is the term slavery mentioned more than 80 times in the southern states secession declarations?

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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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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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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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Very Informative.

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

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thanks

I love history and it was so information about the past God bless the south

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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