U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says he did not write — but did sign — a 1990 letter that discusses “states rights” as a cause of the Civil War, but makes no mention of slavery
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he did not write — but did sign — a 1990 letter that discusses “states’ rights” as a cause of the Civil War, but makes no mention of slavery.
Blunt worked as a high school history teacher, college history professor and university president in Missouri before winning a seat in Congress in 1996. In an interview with The Star earlier this month, the Missouri Republican stressed that it’s always been clear to him that slavery was the “original sin” of the Constitution.
The fact that slavery caused the Civil War is not clear to all Americans, however. Polls show that 40 percent still think the conflict was “about” states’ rights,...
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