“Sarah Huckabee Sanders botched Civil War history, and an expert corrected her”

SALON

“The White House has been in overdrive over the last few days. In between the growing number of investigations over the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia — that’s starting to remind people of the Watergate controversy — the administration has been trying to get out of their own way when it comes to Civil War history.

On Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that “many historians” thought that a “failure to compromise was a cause of the Civil War.”

But filmmaker Ken Burns, who directed a critically acclaimed documentary film about the war, disagreed. The Civil War was caused by slavery, he said.” MORE