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Great post. You link Lent and the anniversary of the Civil War together beautifully, and I always enjoy your writing on the "darker" periods in the Christian calendar.

I hope you have the chance to read the title article in Time magazine this week, which speaks to several of the same points about the evolution of the American perspective on the Civil War and slavery. Anyone who thinks that slavery wasn't the root cause ought to take a look at the Constitution of the Confederate States and the speeches given by the Vice President Alexander Stephens on the subject. They're rather explicit in what their motivations were.

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