A century and a half after Fort Sumter, we’re still fighting the Civil War.
So says Time magazine.
Its poll found that two-thirds of white Southerners in Dixie believe the war was caused by states’ rights, not slavery.
That makes Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour a minority in the poll, declaring last week he believes slavery was “the primary, central, cause of secession.” (Here is Mississippi’s Declaration of Secession if you are interested in reading it.)
Barbour, who has left little doubt he’s running for President, told Millsaps College professor and author Robert McElvaine that the “ Civil War was necessary to bring about the abolition of slavery. Abolishing slavery was morally imperative and necessary, and it’s regrettable that it took the Civil War to do it. But it did.”
Issues once settled have been resurrected in recent debates — states’ rights, state sovereignty, the doctrine of nullification and repeal of the The 14th Amendment.
The 14th Amendment, of course, defined citizenship, gave the right to vote to all men, including former slaves, and guaranteed due process and equal protection for all citizeins. (The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.)
Do you believe we are still fighting the Civil War? If so, why?