One of the leading historians of 19th century America is in Missoula to speak at the University of Montana. James Oakes teaches history at the City University of New York, and has written several award-winning books on the Civil War and slavery.
In this feature interview, Oakes talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the debate over whether the Civil War was fought over preserving the Union - or over slavery. Oakes says it most definitely was fought to end slavery.
[Historian James Oakes will give a free public lecture titled "The Emancipation Proclamation: Myths and Realities", tonight - December 5th - at eight o'clock in the University Center ballroom on the University of Montana campus.]