After reading this cook, I can say I am more confused as to the cause of the Civil War - being one of my least favorite wars, I have often skipped oveAfter reading this cook, I can say I am more confused as to the cause of the Civil War - being one of my least favorite wars, I have often skipped over it, but the purpose was always boiled down when those who wanted slaves and those who did not - the Confederates were bad and the Union was good. although the underlying current was slavery, it was not explicitly the reason.
In the beginning (although not covered in the book), the tension over slavery hit the roof for the Kansas-Nebraska Act: Bleeding Kansas. The settlers in Kansas, a slave state, wanted to settle in Nebraska, a free state, but found that as son as they crossed the boarder, the law freed some assets of their 'property'. They appealed to the federal government and Congress split over whether they could legislate federal law, or else every state must adhere to their own ideals. This split was not part based; in fact, there were about six factions in the government at this time.
This is where it is mixed - both generals were very great men with strong moral and authoritative character. They were both compassionate, passionate, and genteel. They bow those shrewd judgment. Grant fought for the Union and Lee fought for Virginia. Neither owned slaves, nor did either have much of an opinion on the matter other than both wishing to see is abolished, although realizing it may take time.
In 1864, before the wars end, the Confederate Congress drafted legislation for gradual emancipation over 20 years; a time period to integrate slaves back into society as free men. Lee wrote Confederate President Davis to encourage him to expedite this endeavor for immediate emancipation. This came after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, although oddly, not all of the Union was opposed to slavery.
When you tease out all the reasons for the war, they are little different than those of the American Revolution, or the British Civil War. ...more
I like Donald Miller. He writes from a very honest and introspective view without becoming burdened with too much self reflection. He deals honestly wI like Donald Miller. He writes from a very honest and introspective view without becoming burdened with too much self reflection. He deals honestly with the issues that were relevant to him without a constant negotiation with his audience about his own self-identity. This makes it more of a journey rather than a set of epiphanies.
I liked it, but i did not find it over the top, balls to the wall, awesome. i recommend it, none the less. ...more