Patriotic Memories: Why Remember the American Civil War

Understanding Civil War stories necessitates recognizing the deep divisions that plagued the country. The primary issue was slavery, a brutal system where human beings were seen as property. The North, with growing industrial might, saw slavery as an antique practice that hindered economic progress. The South, heavily reliant on slave labor for its cotton-based economy, fiercely defended its states’ rights to maintain the institution. These tensions simmered for decades, fueled by political compromises that only postponed the inevitable…