Reevaluating the Civil War (The Atlantic)

Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Civil War is widely viewed today as having centered around slavery and emancipation, but these were not the main reasons many soldiers signed up to fight. While we remember the heroic outcome and leaders such as Bowdoin’s own Joshua Chamberlain, certain historians such as David Goldfield see the war as “America’s greatest failure,” a demonstration of American leaders’ inability to compromise. The Atlantic corrects many common misconceptions about the Civil War.

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