Was the Civil War really about slavery? Or was it a war fought over money? Civil War historian Samuel Mitcham (Vicksburg, Bust Hell Wide Open) opens his fascinating new book It Wasn't About Slavery with Dr. Grady McWhiney's claim that "what passes as standard American history is really Yankee history written by New Englanders or their puppets to glorify Yankee heroes and ideals." Relying on 19th century sources, Mitcham lays out his case that slavery was not the primary cause of the Civil War and that the Civil War narrative taught in schools today is wildly misleading.
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About the Author
Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. was a professor of history at Henderson State University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a visiting professor at West Point. He is the author of Bust Hell Wide Open, a biography of Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as more than twenty books on World War II, including Hitler’s Commanders: Officers of the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS (2012) and Triumphant Fox: Erwin Rommel and the Rise of the Afrika Korps (2009). A U.S. Army combat veteran and helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, he lives in his native state of Louisiana.