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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Let's be honest. It was over slavery. Look at the Cornerstone Speech given by the Vice-President of the Confederacy in 1861.

The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.

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[–] BippityBop 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Southerner here, raised on all the same propaganda this guy was, and the Cornerstone Speech has always been my ace in the hole for arguing with my fellow Southerners.

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[–] MommaSpitfire [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Actually, it wasn't over slavery. The focus of the Civil War didn't even switch over to slavery until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which didn't even ban slavery in the Union-loyal border states, only in the Confederate states. The slaves in border states of the Union weren't even freed until the thirteenth amendment in 1865. Slavery was not the driving force behind the Civil War.

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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

If that is so, then why was the Confederacy itself stating that the division of the country was caused by slavery 2 years before the Emancipation Proclamation? As I quoted the VP of the Confederacy above stating that in 1861.

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[–] Sights 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago