My review in Amazon.com in response to the review in Christianity Today.
The Confederacy did not need a war to maintain slavery. Lincoln’s bloodthirsty carnage of some 650,000 soldiers, not to mention deaths of hundreds of Southern women and children, was totally unnecessary!
Between the secession of the first group of Southern states, and the secession of the second group, The Union government had voted to enact a Constitutional amendment to maintain in perpetuity the category of "persons held in service". Basically, all was done with the exception of ratification of the amendment by the necessary number of states.
Additionally, Lincoln did not like the way the Constitution was written, and the only way he could have it changed to that which he desired, was with a war . . . the exact war that he nearly single-handedly engineered! The war DID NOT BEGIN at Ft. Sumter, but rather, began when Lincoln’s government broke it’s vow (aka promise, commitment, word) to remove all of the Union troops from within the Confederacy. Thus, the war actually began in Washington, DC. War and Southern invasion was Lincoln’s full intent!
The main driving force behind the war was Lincoln’s desire to see the Constitution changed more to his liking, and also, in order that the very wealthy industrialists in the Northeast could operate their businesses at maximum profit. It was in this region of the country where slavery first prospered greatly, especially in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island where many family fortunes were made in the trade. They also had no qualms about putting children and women to work in their factories for long workdays and workweeks.
The big problem in the Union was that they didn’t like Negroes and didn’t want them to be there. One way they dealt with this situation was to sell most of the Northern-owned slaves to Southern agrarians, recouping virtually 100% of their investment. The other way was via the passage of many laws in northeastern and upper-Midwestern states prohibiting the presence of blacks, whether slave or free.
See "Lincoln Unmasked" and "The Real Lincoln" by Dr. Thomas Dilorenzo; "Complicity", by Farrow, Lang and Frank of the Hartford Courant; "The South was Right" and "Myths of American Slavery" by Walter D. Kennedy; "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History", by Dr. Thomas Woods; "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South" by Clint Johnson; and, "Red Republicans and Lincoln’s Marxists" by Kennedy and Benson.