In the century and a half since the war's end, historians, politicians, and laypeople have debated the causes of the U.S. Civil War: what truly led the Union to break up and turn on itself? And, even though it seems like the obvious answer, does a struggle over the future of slavery really explain why the south seceded, and why a protracted military struggle followed? Can any one explanation do so satisfactorily? Historian George B Forgie has been researching this question for years. In this two-part podcast, he'll walk us through five common--and yet unsatisfying--explanations for the most traumatic event in American history.
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