Sorry, The Confederacy Was About Slavery
Sorry, the Civil War was not about "slavery". It was about the South's insane 50 year demand to SPREAD slavery, according to the word of God (they claimed). If you want to be candid -- that is what the Civil War was about. For some reason, we have not taught our children, and we were not taught, the really vile motivations of Southern leaders, as they claimed at the time. The Southern leaders in Montgomery issued Five Ultimatums -- about three weeks before the South attacked. Southern newspapers announced the Ultimatums with headlines such as "THE TRUE ISSUE". All five of the Ultimatums were about the SPREAD of slavery, against the wishes of the people. That's right -- against the wishes of the people and states. The Ultimatums were printed in newspapers in the North too -- at least two New York papers reprinted them, although they didn't call them "The true issue" New York editors suggested Lincoln obey the Ultimatums to avoid war. The First Ultimatum was that (incredibly) not only that slavery be spread into the territories -- but that the US Congress must do it, by force if needed. When the South mentioned "territories" they meant, of course, Kansas. They were saying Kansas must accept and respect slavery. Kansas had just fought a four year bloody war against the thugs and hired killers from the South. The people of Kansas had just voted 98% to 2% to keep slavery out forever. Never mind that, the Southern leaders FIRST ultimatum, was that slavery be spread (forced) into Kansas, by the US government. This is so astonishing that it gives you a clue of the audacity of the Southern leaders. Did they really think Lincoln was going to force slavery into the territories? No. Of course not. But they were about braggado and threats. This is how they had kept slavery going for 70 years, this is how they treated people. Threats -- and then violence. All five Ultimatums were as goofy as the first. All five completely repudiated the fig leaf of "States Rights" because they specifically stated that states would have NO RIGHTS whatsoever to decide anything about slavery, or runaway slaves or their own courts system. Every US history text book should have the Southern Ultimatums in the next-to-the last page. And on the very last page, put the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln. Compare the two ways we could have gone -- to spread slavery by violence and threats and stomping on the pretense of human or states rights, like the South demanded under threat of war. OR do we go by what Lincoln advocated? A government of the people, for the people, by the people? Southern apologist today dare not repeat what their own leaders bragged about, what their own newspapers called "THE TRUE ISSUE" what their own new country demanded upon promise of war -- the spread of slavery.
Lies My Teacher Told Me
Most of the History and Social Studies texts are, simply put, bloody awful. No wonder few students come away with any lasting interest in history, beyond passing the requisite tests.
Historical review should be an ongoing process; it is all too often hampered by the PC of the right and the left.