To: Lonely Are The Brave
“Davis, Lee and Stonewall Jackson had very good relationships with blacks”
Are you referring to the slaves Lee freed by 1862 because the Custis will required it? The overarching fact is that without slavery there never would have been a civil war. It was the issue of slavery and its expansion into the new states that was the single most dividing issue for at least 30 years before the civil war. You only have to read any newspaper of the period from the south or the north to know how it divided the country. To somehow treat slavery as a side issue that would have gone away by itself and it having little to do with the war is at best disingenuous and at worst ignorant.
posted on 02/11/2009 8:58:01 PM PST
I want to commend your excellent arguments. Of course, as you probably know, arguing with a neo-Confederate is like the old adage about wrestling with a pig. Nevertheless, when I hear Lincoln trashed by both the neo-Confederate, and the radical Leftist activist Black, I have to think that politics truly does make strange bedfellows, even in the area of revisionist history. BTW: the other night I heard a rendition of a little ditty widely sung by unreconstructed Rebs in the post Civil War era. It included a verse to the effect of "I hate your Constitution...and your Declaration of Independence, too". You might look that up for your next joust.
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