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  •  I agree with your letter, however ... (18+ / 0-)

    ...I think you should have added an alternative. President Obama could change this hoary and awful tradition by sending a wreath to another place of repose for Confederate war dead - one without such a wretched monument of propaganda.

    Let us not forget that under the Confederate Conscription Act of 1862, white men aged 18-35 could be drafted. On October 11, the Confederate Congress changed that law to exempt anyone who owned 20 or more slaves. The rich could hire a substitute for much of the war.

    So many fallen Rebels were victims of the Confederate cause. Honoring their coerced deaths would in no way be a paean to the cause of the Confederacy.

    "Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?" - Michael Corleone

    by Meteor Blades on Thu May 21, 2009 at 11:41:59 PM PDT

    •  good point (1+ / 0-)
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      I am sure that the president has many government historians or others to assist him in figuring out the appropriate whens and wheres of such things.

      Those who research neoconfederacy and contemporary white supremacist movements do us a great service and in my experience are up to their eyeballs in their under-appreciated research, and in figuring out what it all means for the rest of us.

      I am content to leave to people with different kinds of expertise the task you suggest of figuring out appropriate alternatives to remind us of the the victims of this war, its many horrible consequences, and to help us to find better sources of healing and remembrance than a century old practice the could have been ended by any number of modern presidents, had they the courage and vision to do so.  

      This president seems like he has the potential to rise to the occasion.

    •  Speaking at Gettysburg (3+ / 0-)
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      and reciting Lincoln's Address could be a good alternative.

    •  Some owners of slaves sent slaves as subs (6+ / 0-)

      to fight for the Confederacy.  Ironic.

      Right wing historians of the Confederacy have mounted a movement to re-write history in recent years and to prove that no racism was involved in the Civil War, choosing to honor the "noble Negroes" who died for the Southern cause.

      I prefer to read former slave narratives like this one:

      I was born December 16, 1819, at Greenville, Alabama. I was a slave of my brother-in-law, Seth Mercer . Seth (Seith) Merce r, who was a white man, married my half sister, Irene Failes . Her father was William Failes,  a man of Scotch-Irish descent, and her mother, Bettsie Harrington , was also of Scotch-Irish descent. My mother was Mary Hamilton  (colored), and William Failes  was my father. Since the Mercers  fell heir to me, I carried the name of Mercer . Seth Mercer usually had only about ten slaves. He rented out several of his farms, and cultivated on an average of one thousand acres of cotton. He also gave land to his relatives. I can remember well when General Jackson surveyed out the "Sparta" road from Greenville, Alabama, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Just before Abraham Lincoln was elected President, I saw him and shook hands with him. He came through Alabama riding on a grey mule. The people of Alabama had said that they would kill him if he ever came through that country, but he came through spying as to the conditions of the slaves. On this trip, Lincoln  saw one baby taken from a negro woman and sold for five hundred dollars. He also travelled down the Mississippi on a flat boat. When the Civil War started, I joined the Confederacy to wait upon my old boss (who was also my brother-in-law). I had to carry his luggage for him. I also worked in the hospital at Greenville, Alabama. When they would bring the wounded soldiers into the hospital to have their arms or legs removed, I would hold the ceder "noggins" or pails which were used to catch the blood while the operation was being performed. Squire Hornbeck , who died at Marietta, Oklahoma, last week, fought with the Union soldiers. He was captured by the Confederate soldiers and forced to fight with us. I fought with him. I had to fight with the Confederacy, yet I wanted to be free.  

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri May 22, 2009 at 03:00:19 AM PDT

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      •  slave labor soldiers sent to die so that they (4+ / 0-)
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        would remain slaves. this is the real southern heritage. the confederacy was an early form of fascism. the people who ran it and led it were monsters. total monsters. jeff davis should be looked at as being as evil as pinochet, frano, etc. and all his cronies who did this crime. the civil war was a massive crime committed by southerners to justify an evil evil economic system. end. of. story....

        Welcome to the empire. now run away if you can... life is not a dress rehearsal

        by johnfire on Fri May 22, 2009 at 04:35:53 AM PDT

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