Donald Trump continues to display a disturbing ignorance of American history… A recent interview with a friendly reporter on Sirius Radio gave President Trump the opportunity to question the necessity of the Civil War.
“People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
- Read the Cornerstone Speech by Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy
- Read Lincoln’s First Inaugural- He states clearly if war begins, the Confederates will fire the first shot.
- Read Eric Foner’s book about Lincoln and slavery- The Fiery Trial is a masterful look at the evolution of Lincoln’s thinking and public opinion during the 1850’s
- Read Charles Dew’s The Apostles of Disunion– Definitive study that dispels the myths that slavery was a secondary concern for Secessionists.
Slavery, Mr. President– The Rebellious states started the war, Lincoln finished it…. It would be no surprise if Trump’s understanding of Civil War history came from an academic huckster like Tom DiLorenzo. Clearly, Trump is pandering to his ultra-right wing, states rights base.