For all those uninformed experts who are obviously lacking in perspicacity but continue to write to the editor claiming that slavery was the sole cause of the Civil War, let us turn to the words of President Abraham Lincoln, who clearly articulated his goals:
"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it be freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union."
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 only "freed the slaves in the rebellious states" over which he had no control. Read it.
Harry Joe King