Oct 23, 2007

Hornberger on why Lincoln waged war

From the first grade in every public school in America, students are taught that the reason that Abraham Lincoln waged war against the South was to free the slaves. If only it were so! At the inception of the war, Lincoln himself repeatedly emphasized that it was secession, not slavery, that drove him to wage war against the Confederate states: "We must settle this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose."

~ Jacob G. Hornberger, president, The Future of Freedom Foundation, "Should Old Glory Fly over the Capitol?," January 2000

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