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Close to the flame by VINYLSPIDER
.. Southern States had every Constitutional right to go out of the Union But Lincoln said, no. Lincoln said, this Union can never be broken. Now, that was a terrible responsibility for one man to take. But he took it knowing that he would be obliged to fight the greatest war in human history, which he did and which he won. So he not only put the Union back together again but he made an entirely different country, and all of it in his own image..
Gore Vidal. Lincoln
.. I write about the nature of fire by the burned hand
Note from the author: I am taking a liberty of using the word Negro through this article when describing the events of the US Civil War. That's how people were called at that time. I have no intention to insult or denigrate African- Americans in any way. Here's my logic- Negroes were property; African- Americans never were and never will be forever.