LETTER: Comment on state's rights during the civil war

I must comment on the recent "Ron Paul, a man to consider" column.

I am not commenting on Ron Paul but rather the statement in the column that the main cause of the Civil War was states’ rights.

It occurs to me that the entire reason the north and south had differentiated so much prior to the Civil War was slavery.

The south was fighting because their ”way of life” (based on a massive slave population) was threatened.

States’ rights were an excuse used to defend slavery, claiming states had the right to determine whether their citizens could hold other human beings in bondage.

Is it disturbing that a music major has to point this out?  Where are our history majors?


Mike Carden

Ohio Graduate Student