The Civil War:
The Quest for Power:
LEADERSHIP and LEGITIMACY
Just as versions of the truth about the motives of key players in the revolutionary era seem to contradict one another, so too do perspectives on the Civil War. The war between the states, the war of northern aggression, the War to Suppress Yankee Arrogance, and the lost cause were (and continue to be) common references to the almost five years of domestic blood-shedding in the United States during the 1860s. If perception is reality, what then is the truth about the Brothers' War?
How do decisions get made and who gets to make them?
That the one thing which is "wholly and eternally wrong" is the effort of
so-called statesmen to inject one-sided and jaundiced sentiments into the
youth of the country in either section. Such sentiments are neither
consistent with the truth of history, nor conducive to the future welfare
and unity of the Republic. The assumption on either side of all the
righteousness and all the truth would produce a belittling arrogance, and an
offensive intolerance of the opposing section; or, if either section could
be persuaded that it was "wholly and eternally wrong," it would inevitably
destroy the self-respect and manhood of its people.