It seems that I do not hear many people talking about this anniversary much, and I wonder why. I suspect that it has something to do with the unresolved issues and lingering disparities in socioeconomic status among various minority groups. More importantly, I think that one of the reasons is an underlying discomfort with discussing our differences in an open and honest manner.
Think about it. Some Northerners argue that what the South fought for was indefensible -- that if they had won, this nation and its original intent would have been abandoned. By contrast, many who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line revel in the concept of Southern pride. Was it slavery or states' rights that pushed us over the edge?