Yes, it is 2010, but yet--far too many times--my colleagues and I at the Park are given little history lessons by those who say, "You know, slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War." I would say that in addition to your typical McClellan or Burnside bashing, this is one of the most oft-repeated lines we hear. Being patient, faithful public servants, we always hear them out, usually giving the obligatory head-nod and hoping the conversation will end at that. Every now and then, though, they seek our input. Playing along, since there is usually no use in trying to reason logically, I will say, "Well, that might be the wrong question. Instead, had there been no such institution as slavery, do you think there still should would have been a Civil War?" If they answer in the affirmative, I think from now on, I will then respond with, "Well, there hasn't been slavery in this country for nearly 150 years, and we have had no civil wars during this time."
Just a thought.