Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | July 3, 2013

Quote for the Day, Civil War Edition

More than anything, the Civil War has taught me that people often believe what they perceive it to be in their interest to believe. The facts of the Civil War are not mysterious to us. But they are, evidently, too brutal for of us to take. And so we find ourselves into a soloutionism premised on the idea that we are smarter than our forefathers. We are not. The Civil War is a fact. It happened for actual reasons. Those reasons do not change because they make us uncomfortable, nor because we believe in the magic of intellectual cowardice.

Roger L. Ransom, “The Economics of the Civil War”
Prof. of History and Economics
University of California, Riverside

(H/T: Ta-Nehisi Coates. See also this post by J.L. Wall at the League.)


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