It’s American history: Removal of Confederate monuments is plain wrong

The removal of Confederate monuments, etc., is plain wrong!

These are American history no matter where you stand.

How did we get off on the wrong rabbit trail?  Truth was sold for revised history!

There is no question slavery in the 1800’s played a weighty role in the cause of the War for Southern Independence but the south did not fight to only preserve slavery, it already was protected by the Constitution and an 1857 Supreme Court ruling.

Amendments 13 through 15 were not ratified until after the war and the South did have to accept these before re-admission.

English author Charles Dickens stated: “The Northern onslaught against Southern slavery is a specious piece of humbug designed to mask their desire for the economic control of the Southern states.”  (They contributed approximately 70 percent of the government revenue.)

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Taylor 63 years earlier, wrote “it is true that we (the South) are under the saddle of Massachusetts and Connecticut and the others and that they ride us very hard, cruelly insulting us as well as exhausting our strength and substance…”.

To write about history you must first read history, unless you’ve been there and done it.  But read it all!  Be careful little eyes what you read! Historians assume the liberty to interpret and/or change a word or phrase to fit the thought, a whole meaning can be changed by one word, added or omitted.

Events, causes, consequences of events, have to be recorded by someone – did they omit something or take the liberty to add their own perception?

Churchill said, “history is bunk.”  Napoleon is said to have stated: “history is a fable believed in.”

“After the fact” writers have written what society has called for, i.e., adding “this” and dropping “that”.

The work is accomplished, the Southern cause has been vilified and their honorable Battle Flag has been made racist by hate groups.

Thankfully, evil slavery is no more! (Except by being on the government dole.)

A previous “challenge” letter to me was a good example of giving credence to revisionist history.  Correction:  Fact:  South Carolina Ordinance of Secession ratified December 20, 1860, as per 10th Amendment; Confederacy organized, Montgomery, Alabama, February 4, 1961; Fort Sumpter illegally and surreptitiously occupied from Fort Moultrie; ordered by Confederacy to immediately evacuate April 11, 1861, Fort now being on South Carolina and Confederate soil.

Instead, Federals attempted to re-provision in the night.  Confederacy fired on Fort April 12, 1861, goaded into being the aggressor.

Goals, values and beliefs are preserved while these that are not popular are rejected, discarded and forgotten.

It has been written that societies, in fact, reconstruct their past rather than faithfully record it.

President Woodrow Wilson later stated that “the role of slavery became the proclaimed cause of the Civil War because it was necessary to put the South at a moral disadvantage by transforming the contest from a war for independence into war waged for the maintenance and expansion of slavery.”

War for Southern Independence – 1861 to 1865.  Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t issued by President Lincoln until 1863, and it applied only to the seceded southern states, as he stated, to put the South at a “military disadvantage.”   Slavery in the U. S. (North) wasn’t made constitutionally illegal until 1868.

Each generation re-arranges the furniture of its past to fit the societal needs of its present.

Let’s review American history:  Long before the Civil War and the issue of slavery, the seeds were sprouting for Southern independence.  If Lincoln’s army had not marched south, there would have been no Civil War.

Editor’s Note: Richard Jamison, Sr. is a member of  the S.C.V. (Sons of Confederate Veterans) Camp 2068.

 

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