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Unformatted text preview: Causes of the Civil War In A Nutshell The American Civil War is unique in a number of ways; it remains the deadliest and most destructive of all America's wars, the first modern war on the continent (and, perhaps, the globe), and the only conflict in United States history fought entirely on the nation's soil. The Civil War is also—with the exception of the Vietnam War —America's most misunderstood war; it has been remembered as a struggle to preserve the Union and a (northern) crusade to emancipate slaves and to end the institution of slavery forever. The truth is that the road to war—and thus the set of issues that underscored the hostilities—was never that simple. Why Should I Care? In one of many side-splitting episodes of NBC's sitcom The Office , Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott remarks, "Abraham Lincoln once said that if you're a racist, I will attack you with the North. And those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace." If you've seen the show, then you know that this is laughable, mainly because Michael is prone to making...
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- Fall '10
- Civil War, American Civil War