Or more specifically, issues about the war. Recently I have become thouroughly engrossed with anything and everything about america's bloodiest conflict. And through this, I've discovered numerous controversies and debates that I never got exposed to in school at all (much to my chagrin in hindsight) and would like to start a discussion on. 1. Did the South have the right to secede? Did Lincoln have the right to force them back into the Union? A few scholarly works I've read state that the Constitution remained silent on the matter and this thus meant the states were allowed to secede; that the Constitution never said "once a state, always a state" (in the US). 2. Some assert the Confederacy didn't secede to preserve slavery per se but to protect states rights and they were scared that a proposed tariff increase would ruin the Southern economy. 3. Lincoln's war= unjust. This relates to number one, but it's been asked if lincoln deliberately provoked the attack at Fort Sumter, because apparently Sumter wasn't in a desperate need of basic food and supplies as many claim. If indeed secession was technically legal, was Lincoln pursuing an unjust conflict? 4. Did Lincoln really wish to free the slaves? Was the Emancipation Proclamation a political manuever? There's alot more I was curious about, but I'd thought we'd start with that.