Edward463 Wrote:
Nov 28, 2012 8:40 AM
Some interesting points about the Civil War: The federal government instituted the draft to enlarge the Union forces. The federal government instituted the first income tax to pay for the war, which lapsed a few years after the war. The secessionist states at this point were rogue governments that wished to perpetuate slavery. The overwhelming number of men in the Southern forces had no vested interest in slavery; most were too poor to own a slave. So, the question is: Why was the war fought? Was it to end slavery in the Southern states? Or to "preserve" the Union, or the federal government's power over those states, regardless of the issue? Or, was the slavery issue a mere pretext to perpetuate federal power over those states?