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  •  Thanks Rebecca. (10+ / 0-)

    So glad to have you running - we need strong, smart women like you down here in Wackadoodleonia!

    Also, in case anyone missed it, Michael Lind had an excellent article in Salon this week about the Texas SBOE on the matter of Jefferson Davis's inaugural address:

    Texas textbooks and the truth about the Confederacy
    Texas is right: We should teach kids about Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy. But let's tell the whole story

    By all means, let schoolchildren in Texas read Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address. But there should be more material from the Confederate side of the conflict than that. For generations, apologists for the Confederacy have claimed that secession was really about the tariff, or states’ rights, or something else -- anything other than preserving the right of some human beings to own, buy and sell other human beings.

    That being the case, the education of schoolchildren in my state should include a reading of the Cornerstone Speech made by Alexander Stephens, the vice-president of the Confederacy, on March 21, 1861. With remarkable candor, Stephens pointed out that whereas the United States was founded on the idea, enshrined in Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, that "all men are created equal," the new Confederacy was founded on the opposite conception:

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