This is reprinted in the Covington Journal of July 4, 1862, offering some commentary on what caused the Civil War
The Manitowoc Herald does not believe that slavery was the cause of the rebellion. Neither do we. It does not believe that the slavery agitation was a justifying cause of rebellion. Neither do we. it does not believe the North is solely responsible for the crime of rebellion. Neither do we.
Rebellion agains the Constitution and laws of the United States has no justification. It can have none. We never intimated that it could be justified at any time, anywhere.
War, however, was the inevitable consequence of sectional agitation. And all who contributed needlessly, wantonly or recklessly to that agitation, North or South, contributed to the result which exists. They caused the war; for sectional agitation is sectional alienation, and sectional alienation is essentially a condition of war. Our war commenced when North and South learned to hate each other, and it will continue until sectional hate is rooted out. [Milwaukee News]
My question is what did the author think caused the sectional agitation? What taught the sections to hate each other? Also, the author did not believe the North was solely responsible for the war, but what about the South? The second paragraph seems to imply that the blame (or much of it) belongs to those in rebellion against the government. Still, he did not specify who "contributed needlessly" to the sectional controversy.
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