December 21, 2010 2:39 PM

Commentary: Why must we keep fighting the Civil War?

The next battle of the Civil War commenced on Monday in Charleston when the NAACP protests a $100-per-ticket "secession ball" being co-sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The protest and ball are the warm up acts for next year's events, which likely will continue a century-long tradition of Southern apologists rewriting the reasons why the South took up arms, pretending as though slavery was a minor reason (if one at all) even though the 170 men who made the decision in Charleston 150 years wrote in the state's official secession document that it was primarily about preserving slavery.

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