The Civil War and Its Legacy

The is the home page for writings on the American Civil War and its legacy that may coalesce in a book tentatively titled, Striving With Evil: The Moral Legacy of the American Civil War.

  1. Wondering about the American Civil War—June 25, 2018
  2. What happened in the Civil War: Reflections on James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom—September 3, 2018
  3. A Civil War question: Can one hate both slavery and war equally?—January 7, 2019
  4. Was the American Civil War about slavery?—March 20, 2019
  5. What’s wrong with how we view the Civil War?—April 29, 2019
  6. Is violence necessary to win freedom? The resistance to American slavery—September 4, 2019
  7. Thinking of the United States as foundationally racist—June 29, 2020
  8. The toxic sludge in America’s soul: The tragedy of systemic racism—November 6, 2020
  9. A moral analysis of America’s civil war: A response to Harry Stout’s Upon the Altar of a Nation—February 11, 2021