A Pennsylvania Reader Explains the “Real” Cause of the Civil War

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 Robert Lucheta [e-mail

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s View From
Lodi Column:

What Does The Class of 2002 Know?

Guzzardi wrote;

"And what is the value
of a high-school diploma if a senior doesn`t know the
cause of the Civil War?"

If the
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.

As for
political correctness and the Civil War, consider

John Clark Ridpath`s
statement that: “Slavery was
the occasion, but

not the cause
, of the war

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.