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Article: Five myths about why the South seceded
Washington PostOpinions article written by Sociologist James W. Loewen, author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” and co-editor, with Edward Sebesta, of “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader.” Loewen polled thousands of high school history teachers and spoke about the war to audiences across the country, and there is little agreement even about why the South seceded. Was it over slavery? States’ rights? Tariffs and taxes?