In a word? Yes. In this new video from Prager University, West Point professor Colonel Ty Seidule explains why.

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Course Description

What caused the Civil War? Did the North care about abolishing slavery? Did the South secede because of slavery? Or was it about something else entirely…perhaps states’ rights? Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, settles the debate.