This is some kind of new documentary that features Mark Potok sharing his thoughts on the Confederacy.
Update: Having watched the clip, Potok repeats the abolitionist mythology that “the war” was about slavery, when Lincoln himself said it was about “preserving the Union.”
If “the war” was really about slavery (the Upper South only seceded after Lincoln called for troops), then the differences between the North and South should have evaporated when slavery was abolished by the 13th Amendment in 1865.
That’s not what happened at all though. After slavery was abolished, Northerners like Adelbert Ames were mystified to find out that “the war” continued by other means, that the Yankees were more reviled in the South than ever before, and that the South was far more united after “the war” than it had been during and before “the war.”
“Brag Bowling, SCV member and Director of the Stephen D. Lee Institute, and Southern Poverty Law Center Research Director Mark Potok represent two sides of the contentious debate over a large and looming question: what was the Civil War really fought over?”