The war between the states

When I was in junior high or so – 20+ years ago – I remember the thinking being prevalent that the Civil War wasn’t so much about slavery but about state’s rights. It’s interesting, then, that the pendulum is starting to come back around and people are pointing out that yes, state’s rights were the core issue but in practice it was about a state’s rights to hold slaves.

Along these same lines, I’ve been greatly enjoying the Disunion posts from the New York Times that follow the events leading to the war on a day by day basis, meaning we’re watching the country move to war in more or less real time as we approach the 150th anniversary of the beginning of hostilities.