I’ve posted this before and I will just post it again:
Unreal. Some of you, I see, are students of “The Lost Cause” southern education. Because if you believe what you just said your history teacher really whitewashed the Civil War for you.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy were founded in 1894. Their mission was to “preserve culture.” Social and political clout to rewrite history. They plastered monuments for confederate soldiers all around the south. If you see one anywhere in the south today is is about 95% likely it was due in some part to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Their entire mission was to have folks believe that:
Confederate fight was heroic.
Enslaved people were happy and were even treated well.
Slavery was not the root cause of the war.
Before we delve deeper it is crucially important to understand that the vast majority of confederate monuments in the south put up by UDC monuments were created well after the Civil War as most civil war veterans were or had already died. You are welcome to do your own research on this, but you will find that almost all of them were commissioned 30+ years after and the majority of them even longer than that.
“Confederate fight was heroic”. First let’s get some irrefutable facts out of the way which alone prove that the confederate fight was not a heroic one but rather about power and controlling the country as a whole:
Prior to the 1850s the federal government was controlled by the south.
They, since they controlled the government, were the ones who refused to sign any mutual search treaties with the british which enabled slavers to move freely between Africa and America even though the slave trade had been outlawed.
After America formally outlawed slave trading it was only still prevalent in the south. Look up the stories of the Wanderer, Echo (Putnim) and Clotilda ships.
The south was so invested in keeping power they even at one point wanted to take over Cuba to gain two states and 4 more senators because they foresaw losing the senate to the Republican north in the near future.
“Enslaved people were happy and were even treated well.”
That entire notion is based around a writing in the Charleston Mercury at the time that folks have treated as though it was written by slaves themselves. It was not–obviously. The Mercury had a single writer and editor who was Henry L. Pinckney. A politician who was a nullifier. Do you know what the nullifier party stood for? Let me tell you.
“The Nullifier Party was a states’ rights, pro-slavery party that supported the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, holding that states could nullify federal laws within their borders and that slavery should remain legal.”
It almost seems as though there is a conflict of interest here. A pro-slave trade nullifier writes an article about how well slaves are treated in a paper that he is the owner and soul writer/editor of? Would that fly today? Hell to the no it wouldn’t. Not only that, but when slaves were brought to America they were often dropped off in Cuba then taken to Fort Sumter.
The slave handler there wrote about how weak the slaves were upon arrival from the brutal mistreatment they endured when they were kidnapped and taken to this country. There are documented writings the the Putnim and Clotilda ships literally smelled like death upon arrival to port. They would have 400+folks on board at departure and have 150-200 on arrival. The rest were thrown overboard.
“Slavery was not the root cause of the war.”
This doesn’t even need citations to prove that it is absolutely nonsense. Saying slavery didn’t cause the civil war is like saying that getting shot with a gun doesn’t kill you–bloodloss and trauma kills you. It is comically stupid. America was built on slaves both North and South. But the North eventually tried to put an end to it with the rest of the civilized world at that time. The South were the only part of the nation who tried to nullify federal laws and continued to secretly enable slave trade for decades after the nation had agreed to stop it.
The south wanted to keep control of the federal government so they did not have to change their way of life which was dirt cheap labor at the hands of enslaved people. That is irrefutable fact. So you and others can say that slavery wasn’t the root cause of the civil war all you like. While they succeeded over not wanting a bunch of yankees telling them what to do it absolutely correct. What the yankees were telling them to stop doing was owning god damn slaves.
“The Lost Cause” education that The United Daughters of the Confederacy have tried to peddle to anyone who would listen is bullshit from top to bottom. They can try to say they are the party of Lincoln and freeing slaves all they like, but at the end of the day they are full of shit and so is “The Lost Cause” If you take America and split it between north and south. The south has 100/100 times been part of the country that was infested with racism to a much greater level than the rest of the nation. That is still true to this damn day. So you can remove Democrat and Republican from the equation. The south are and always have been racist. No amount of retro history is going to make that fact go away so you might as well stop trying to spew that trash.
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