I've been reading a few books on American history. Just because. Anyway, what book would you suggest for understanding why the South seceded? And, related to that, why the North fought against the secession. I'm currently reading World on Fire [ame="http://www.amazon.com/World-Fire-Britains-Crucial-American/dp/0375756965"]A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War: Amanda Foreman: 9780375756962: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514lWnck3DL.@@AMEPARAM@@514lWnck3DL[/ame] And recently just read Manifest Destinies [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Manifest-Destinies-Americas-Westward-Expansion/dp/0307265242/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407432065&sr=1-1&keywords=manifest+destinies+america%27s+westward+expansion+and+the+road+to+the+civil+war"]Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War: Steven E. Woodworth: 9780307265241: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yzK2FDzHL.@@AMEPARAM@@51yzK2FDzHL[/ame] Before that, had read Revolutionary Summer [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Revolutionary-Summer-American-Independence-Vintage/dp/0307946371/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=U"]Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Vintage): Joseph J. Ellis: 9780307946379: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GAbe0n3VL.@@AMEPARAM@@51GAbe0n3VL[/ame] As you go backward in time, to the formation of the US, you can see slavery coming as a problem to be resolved in the United States. Seems as though it was put off until things finally came to a head and South Carolina seceded. But why did she secede, and why the Northern reaction to it? I'm asking for a good book suggestion here, in part, because I know a lot of my GT friends are Southerners (and I'm a Northerner), so I want a balanced view, to the extent possible. But I also want an enjoyable read Wanna kill these ads? We can help!