No side won, America lost. The so-called civil war (a civil war is a fight to take over the government; this was not) was America’s biggest failure, started by radical evangelicals on both sides. Lincoln was not the president of all of America,  he was elected without even being on the ballot in the states who considered themselves colonies, taxation without representation: the South. And according to author of America Aflame Professor David Goldfield, civil rights for African Americans would have come much sooner without the unnecessary war of choice. Most of what we think we know about that war is wrong. Give a genuine listen:

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