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A Good Way to Use Colonel Ty Seidule’s Video

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 2.26.48 PMI am sure you have all by now seen West Point history professor Colonel Ty Seidule explain what caused the Civil War.

His answer: slavery. Unequivocally.

I think this is a first rate video because it takes on, in succinct fashion, the usual Confederate apologist arguments distancing their cause from the peculiar institution. I’ll admit that there were a couple of things I wish Colonel Seidule would have addressed, such as President Lincoln’s 1862 letter to Horace Greely explaining his official duty to save the Union (even if that meant leaving slavery intact) as well as the few slave states that remained loyal to the Union.

But these quibbles notwithstanding, I will still argue that the good professor executes his concise lesson in fine style. I suggest that we continue to spread his message. No doubt you have come across social media threads that descend into the usual Confederate flag flapping nonsense about slavery being incidental to the war. Why not attach this video – I mean…Colonel Seidule does not appear to be a proponent of the “revisionist liberal agenda,” so maybe folks who would generally dismiss tree-hugging Marxist members of academia such as myself will pay attention to an authoritative man in uniform.

Here is the link – just cut and and paste < https://www.facebook.com/prageru/videos/923232114386312/ > and post everywhere!

With compliments,

Keith