Monday, June 08, 2015
While the article noted above is a thoughtful and extremely informative one on this subject, I think articles on this subject mainly miss the point: yes, the war ended. Yes, it most certainly achieved its main objective: holding this country together as one great unified nation by preventing by force of arms its separation into two smaller (and infinitely less powerful and prosperous) fiefdoms. It also ended slavery and transformed this country into the world’s indisputable industrial superpower. So, calling the American Civil War a failure because it did not solve for all time all of America’s problems blithely ignores the fact that the United States comprises all the ground from Canada to Mexico between two great oceans only because Mr. Lincoln’s Army in fact successfully ended the South’s bid for separation.