Do you think Civil War history should be more objective?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 14, 2006

“I think they should look at if from the perspective that all wars are tragic and that it was a tragedy that happened to the people involved, not as victory for the good people and punishment of the bad.”

“History really shouldn't be told by people who write the history books or the side that won, but by the individual histories of the people who actually lived through it.”

“If you ask that about the Civil War, then you have to ask the same question of all history. The people who win write the story.”

“I think they oversimplify what happened. People need to learn that it was fought over more than slavery and primarily over sectionalism.”