Was the Civil War About Slavery?

What caused the Civil War? Did the North care about abolishing slavery? Did the South secede because of slavery? Or was it about something else entirely...perhaps states' rights? Col. Ty Seidule, history professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, settles the debate once and for all.For more information on the Civil War, check out The West Point History of the Civil War, an interactive e-book that brings the Civil War to life in a way that's never been done. Click here -> https://shop.westpointhistoryofwarfare.com/products/copy-of-the-west-point-history-of-the-civil-war.

Posted by PragerU on Monday, August 10, 2015

What caused the Civil War? Did the North care about abolishing slavery?  Did the South seced because of slavery?  Or was it entirely about something else  . .  like states rights? Colonel Ty Seidule history professor at West Ponts settles the debate.

The African American Civil War Memorial honors forgotten American soldiers who fought for freedom during the American Civil War The Spirit of Freedom: African American Civil War Memorial sculpture and its Wall of Honor serves as a reminder of the courageous story of the USCT.

The mission of The American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center

for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.

From the HISTORY.NET site African Americans In The Civil War provides facts, information and articles about African Americans in the Civil War, from their Black History series.


Explore the numerous videos, articles, and images on roles African Americans played in the Civil War as soldiers, civilians, and enslaved.


This major collection of records of the men who served with the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War rests in the stacks of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA). They are little used, and their content is largely undiscovered.

Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. The names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations.

Spanning the momentous years from 1863 to 1877, Reconstruction tracks the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans -- Southern and Northern, white and black -- as they struggle to shape new lives for themselves in a world turned upside down.

African American participation in the American political system reaches back to the 1700s. This interactive site from the NYPL's Schomburg Center in Harlem provides essays, images, audio, video and lesson resources on Black Political Participation in the past and present.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia's website on History & Archaeology Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877 provides a revealing essay on Black Georgia Legislators during the period of Reconstruction.


The South Carolina Information Highway website contains several links of African American history and culture including Blacks in South Carolina during the period of Reconstruction.

On March 13th 1873, a brutal massacre occurred in Colfax, Louisiana that remains shockingly little-known considering the magnitude of the violence – it is one of the largest incidents of race-related mass murder in America’s non-combatant history.