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Cassandra Lopez Dew, Charles B. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War . Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016. Growing up Charles B. Dew was taught that the only reason the South seceded from the Union was because they felt that their states rights were being taken away. As he grew older, Dew changed his mindset and realized that the cause of the Civil War was not because the South feared being striped of their rights, rather they did not want to lose their slaves. Years later the question of what started the civil war is still being asked. Many confederate advocates argued that the war was not based off of the Confederacy’s racism, like R. Wayne Byrd Sr. In the year 1998, citizens of Virginia debated over whether or not April should be named “Confederate History Month”. This idea was proposed by their governor James S. Gilmore. He stated that the four year war was a tragic war based off of deeply held beliefs.In order to get support from the NAACP, Gilmore said that slavery was a bad thing. Byrd

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