The Cause of the War

August 23, 1861

Signed by “A.W.”, this brief article asserts that,  “All the leading journals in the loyal States deny that the slavery question  has any thing to do with regard to our waging war against the South…..Now, is the American press so weak and blind as to suppose that the masses of the people are to be satisfied with this explanation?…. “we hear the rattle of the chains of four million slaves.  This is the rattle which reverberates in the heart of the American people, and it will continue until the last link is severed that holds men in bondage.”  The article also asserts that “the time must soon come when the negro will be allowed to fight for his liberty.”