Notes Concerning the Author
Francis W. Springer (1899-1991) was an American writer. In addition to War for What?. Springer wrote a small booklet titled, American Myth Month, which was published in 1973.
Of this easy-to-read book of 221 pages, James Thornton wrote:
“A conscientious reading of Francis W. Springer’s War for What? Is extremely rewarding. This is first of all a history of early America, of the South, of relations between North and South, of the war, and of the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction period, It is also a rich commentary on certain unique aspects of the Southern way of life and outlook on life and on where the events of the past 130 years have led us.
“Springer’s writing, of course, reflects a Southern outlook. For example, he states: “The Union of Sovereign States, each state deriving its powers from its own people, and the federal government having only those powers granted it by the states, ended when Lincoln was allowed to eviscerate the Constitution. Lincoln did not save the Union, the Union that the delegates founded in 1788. A new Union was created in the 1860s with power over the states, power usurped by deception and maintained by force.” This is a precise history of the South and contains a useful bibliography and valuable appendices.”
For readers who are eager to live the history of this subject as a vast epic, attention is directed to Bloodstains, An Epic History of the Politics that Produced and Sustained the American Civil War and the Political Reconstruction the Followed. It is listed at 02.00.01.
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