Letters to the Editor

Research didn't uncover novel view of Civil War

I am responding to a May 27 letter, "Speaker not talking about slavery in South."

I am a retired college history professor who taught at a small college in North Carolina. I have spent the better part of my life teaching or researching "the War Between the States," as the letter writer opts to call it. I'm surprised she did not refer to it by its preferred Southern name, "the War for Southern Independence."

However you might like to see it, the truth of the matter is that the cause of the Civil War was the secession of the Southern states from the Union, so they could maintain their economic system, which was wholly derived from slavery. Were it not for slavery, the Southern economy would have taken a drastic turn for the worse for the plantation owners. They would have actually had to pay people to do the work. A novel concept if there ever was one.

Her comment that "the North would have found a way to invade the South even if slavery had never existed" is one that I have not heard before and would love to hear her arguments in support of. Perhaps I have missed something in my 40 years of research.

Arthur Iamele