Tuesday, April 12, 2011

...into a region of supernatural wonder...

From the dust jacket of This Great Struggle: America's Civil War by Steven E. Woodworth:

Lincoln understood what was at stake in the American Civil War: ...survival of self-government in the last place on earth where it could have the opportunity of developing freely.

I can see where it would take 426 pages to make the case that sending in two million soldiers to kill people who have rejected your authority until they're forced to obey you is "preserving self-government".

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