The Civil War’s im­pact on the U.S.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

As a con­ser­va­tive, I usu­ally read E. J. Dionne Jr.’s op-eds with a jaun­diced eye.

How­ever, I want to ap­plaud his Dec. 27 col­umn, “Don’t spin the Civil War.” As a for­mer U.S. Army of­fi­cer and pro­fes­sor of mil­i­tary his­tory, I agree with his as­sess­ment of the cause of the Civil War. It was clearly about slav­ery. To those who think his­tory is not im­por­tant, I say: Ev­ery­thing we do to­day in the United States is a di­rect re­sult of the CivilWar. It is to the credit of our coun­try that we have moved so far in equal­ity of hu­man re­la­tions in a rel­a­tively short 150 years.

Frank Ho­er­ster, Wood­bridge

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