More than once I have opined that we are sliding backward in the area of Civil Rights, that we are losing ground in the fight for equal rights for all. Lately we have seen a rise in white supremacy, violent protests against moving Civil War statues, and other disturbing trends. It has been said that the Civil War was not about slavery. Our friend Keith wrote an excellent post, and whichever side of this argument you stand on, I think his post and the comments at the end will give you some food for thought. Please take a few moments to read this excellent post and add your two cents in the comment section if you feel so inclined. Thank you, Keith, for sharing this and for permission, implied, to share!
Being raised in the South, I was taught the Civil War was more about states’ rights and northern aggression rather than slavery. I saw a recent poll that showed 48% people believed that states’ rights was the principal reason for the war and only 38% said it was about slavery. This recasting of history by groups promoting white supremacy or merely teaching a white-washed message is influencing too many people. To be frank, of course, it was about slavery.
Why do I say that? One needs only to look at the formal declarations of the states who seceded from the United States of America (see the third paragraph from Texas’ declaration below*). In those documents, the words to preserve the right to own slaves (or something similar) can be consistently found. The states’ rights argument was used in support of the need to perpetuate slave ownership. If people think otherwise, let…
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