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Pretty much in the same way every war is a rich man's war and a poor man's fight, yes. Generally speaking, old white men of power make decisions that young poor men and women fight to defend. In America, joining the armed forces is often a way to better oneself and help lift onesefl out of poverty. As such, these men and women often find themselves on the front line rather than in boardrooms.

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Q: Was the US Civil War a rich man's war but a poor man's fight?
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