The Daily Show did a nice job of destroying the argument, but this load of bullshit revisionism gets repeated so often I think it deserves a pitting.
Napolitano says this:
As noted by the Daily Show, this is all extremely false. The South was not going to accept any compensatory emancipation – Lincoln even tried that in 1862. Plus, the South started the war, not the North. Armed men from the South organized, marched, and attacked US soldiers!
As for the reasons for the Civil War, Napolitano is way off there, too. One has only to listen to statements from Confederate leaders, like the VP, or even read the frickin’ declarations of secession of various states to see that slavery (and white supremacy) was by far the primary reason for the Civil War.
God, this pro-Confederate revisionism is just pathetic.