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Robert Lucheta [e-mail
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s View From
What Does The Class of 2002 Know?
"And what is the value
of a high-school diploma if a senior doesn`t know the
cause of the Civil War?"
student knows the politically correct "cause" of
Civil War—slavery—and not the real cause – the
inequitable tax burden on the South and the growth
of the Federal Leviathan at the expense of states`
rights—he may be worse off for his false knowledge.
Certainly, at the time, the British did not believe that
slavery was the cause. And, by reading
President Abraham Lincoln`s correspondence with
Horace Greeley, Lincoln did not believe that he was
warring on the South to free the slaves, either.
Lucheta is an engineer. He
was born in the South.
This remark about slavery being "the occasion,
but not the cause"
of the Civil War was
first made in print by George Lunt,
in 1866, who prefaced it with
"It has often been remarked..."
Civil War history has changed a lot over
the years, depending partly on who was telling it, and
who it was told to. Joe`s point, of course, is that the
modern student doesn`t have any theory of the
causes of the War—because he has no idea when it
happened, or where.]