My interest in the American Civil War was prompted by listening to NPR and thinking about the civil
What I learned about Civil War, the lead up to it, and the conclusion of the war, was that we are not that different. The North was quite willing to die for the restoration of the Union. In time, some in the North were willing to die to end slavery. The South was quite willing to die to continue to enslave other human beings. It is my understanding that the number of southerners who actually owned slaves was low. This means that the number of southerners who didn't own slaves but were willing to die to continue to hold slaves was really quite astonishing to me.
The problem with listening to a book on cd in the car is that I can't flag the parts that shock me, make me sad, or interest me. There were so many interesting events and statements in this book. It is even more difficult to recall them all so long after I heard them.
In the end, I still don't understand how people can turn on the people in their lives so quickly and violently. But I do understand that we aren't that special, we did it too.