Marc Egnal


On his book Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War

Cover Interview of February 21, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Economics explains better why and how North and South clashed.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The Republican Party was more concerned with promoting economic development than with fighting slavery.”

On the second:

“A belief that “what’s good for the North is good for the entire nation” would guide the Republicans in the decades after 1860.”