Fact mustn’t be ignored

History, it is often said, is written by its winners.

But it is often revised by its losers, sometimes adding interpretations based on new information or the perspective of time or, unfortunately, simply catering to old, deeply held prejudices.

And so it is this year, the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, that some are reduced to the widely dismissed claim that slavery was not the war’s primary cause.

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