To: Lando Lincoln
Yesterday at a noontime rally, Sen. Kerry defended the rights of slaveholders in the face of mounting criticism from Christian clergy, who call slavery immoral and an affront to Christianity...while this is obviously a parody on today's abortion debate, the positions sketched for the 'pubs and 'rats on slavery in the 1860's bear an eerie resemblance to the real situation at the time. PBS's American Experience this week did a program on "Reconstruction: the Second Civil War" which told a remarkable story: as the civil war wound down, Gen. Sherman issued a field order which promised all liberated blacks the famous "forty acres and a mule", more to help keep them under control than from any great compassionate urge to help them. The land was to be confiscated from the plantations of the vanquished southern owners. It was the 'rats, actually advertising themselves as "the white man's party", who opposed this move, wanting instead to return blacks to work for wages on plantations which would be returned to the control of their original owners. "Radical Republicans", on the other hand, wanted blacks to be free to own their own land with full civil rights including the vote and right to hold elected office. When their own President Johnson sided with the more moderate view the "radicals" impeached him and almost had him removed from office. Certainly deepens the mystery as to why blacks vote 90% democrat today.....
To: Intolerant in NJ
When their own President Johnson sided with the more moderate view the "radicals" impeached him and almost had him removed from office.
Small point, but Johnson was a Democrat, not a Republican. Lincon selected him for the second term to help gain support of "Union Democrats".
But the point of the article is valid none-the-less. The privacy issues in 1860 were every bit as distorted as they are today, and Roe v. Wade is every bit as bad a decision as Dred Scott was then.
posted on 05/03/2004 1:00:03 PM PDT
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