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  • Why The War Was Not About Slavery

    05/03/2019 7:54:25 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1,099 replies
    https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org ^ | March 9, 2016 | Clyde Wilson
    Conventional wisdom of the moment tells us that the great war of 1861—1865 was “about” slavery or was “caused by” slavery. I submit that this is not a historical judgment but a political slogan. What a war is about has many answers according to the varied perspectives of different participants and of those who come after. To limit so vast an event as that war to one cause is to show contempt for the complexities of history as a quest for the understanding of human action. Two generations ago, most perceptive historians, much more learned than the current crop, said...
  • WALSH: President Trump Is Right - Robert E. Lee Was A Great General

    04/30/2019 4:06:09 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 162 replies
    https://www.dailywire.com ^ | April 29, 2019 | Matt Walsh
    President Trump sent certain segments of population into outraged spasms on Friday when he described Robert E. Lee as a "great general." Trying to lend context to his infamous "very fine people" remark about the 2017 Charlottesville protests, Trump said this: “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general. Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals. I have spoken to many generals here, right at the White House, and many people thought — of the generals, they think that he...
  • Clyburn on Trump’s praise for Robert E. Lee: ‘The president is now glorifying a loser’

    04/28/2019 10:35:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 219 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | April 28 at 10:24 AM | Felicia Sonmez
    House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Sunday offered a sharp rejoinder to President Trump’s lauding of Robert E. Lee as a “great general,” noting that Trump “always said that he hated losers.” “The fact of the matter is, Robert E. Lee was a great tactician,” Clyburn said on ABC News’s “This Week,” then added, “Was not a great person. Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and a brutal slave master. Thankfully, he lost that war. And I find it kind of interesting that the president is now glorifying a loser. He always said that he hated losers....
  • JUST IN: A Virginia judge in Charlottesville has ruled...

    04/29/2019 2:59:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 79 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/29/19 | BNLNews
    JUST IN: A Virginia judge in Charlottesville has ruled that the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues in the city are Civil War Memorials and protected by law
  • Lee, Virginia, and the Union

    03/28/2019 8:50:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 576 replies
    https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org ^ | March 27, 2019 | Fred H. Cox
    The Hall of Fame recently dedicated at New York Uni­versity was conceived from the Ruhmes Halle in Bavaria. This structure on University Heights, on the Harlem river, in the borough of the Bronx, New York City, has, or is in­tended to have, a panel of bronze with other mementos for each of one hundred and fifty native-born Americans who have been deceased at least ten years, and who are of great character and fame in authorship, education, science, art, soldiery, statesmanship, philanthropy, or in any worthy un­dertaking. Fifty names were to have been chosen at once; but, on account of...
  • (Don’t) Tear Down Those Monuments

    04/01/2019 11:23:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2019 | Young Voices Advocates
    Editor's note: This column was authored by Ross Marchand.To say the least, America has a complicated relationship with its past. Hundreds of Confederate monuments dot town squares, mountains, and prominently-placed paintings, and recent tussles show we still have no idea how to deal with them. Dallas’s Confederate War Memorial (near City Hall) was recently deemed by the City Council as “non-contributing to the historic overlay district” in which it resides, and will probably be removed soon—at a cost of half-a-million dollars. Soon, one of Winston-Salem’s most prominent Confederate statues will also come down, amidst “public safety” concerns cited by Mayor...
  • George Washington, A Man in Full

    02/22/2019 5:33:29 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 22, 2019 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    On February 22, we celebrate George Washington’s Birthday. Other holidays celebrate whole classes of people – Independence Day commemorates the Founding Generation… Veterans’ Day celebrates all who have served in our armed forces; Memorial Day thanks those who made the ultimate sacrifice in that service. But Washington’s Birthday is different, because on this day, we’re focused on one man. As well we should be. We’ve had 45 presidents now, and tons of military leaders, in our nation’s quarter of a millennium of history. Why is President Washington singled out? Could it really be just because he was first? When he...
  • The American Bible Society’s new museum near Independence Hall .. Good Book to the nation’s roots

    02/11/2019 8:21:43 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 02/08/2019 | Kristin E. Holmes,
    One block from Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers met to form a new nation, the American Bible Society is making a case for the Good Book’s place in American history. The messages in scripture about freedom, truth, and fairness were so ingrained in the culture of the new republic that Christian principles must have influenced the documents that form its foundation, the Bible society’s officials argue. For them, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bible are inextricably intertwined.
  • The 10 Most Destructive Americans of My Eight Decades

    01/24/2019 8:02:37 PM PST · by upchuck · 66 replies
    email | Not dated | Fred Hawkins
    America has undergone enormous change during the nearly eight decades of my life. Today, America is a bitterly divided, poorly educated and morally fragile society with so-called mainstream politicians pushing cynical identity politics, socialism and open borders. The president of the United States is threatened with impeachment because the other side doesn’t like him. The once reasonably unbiased American media has evolved into a hysterical left-wing mob. How could the stable and reasonably cohesive America of the 1950s have reached this point in just one lifetime? Who are the main culprits? Here’s my list of the 10 most destructive Americans...
  • Natural Born Citizens

    01/23/2019 2:21:38 PM PST · by rustbucket · 119 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 1783 | rustbucket
    I ran across a couple of documents relative to the meaning of Natural Born Citizen, a concept that was a matter of serious discussion in recent presidential elections. The first of these were 1783 notes by Thomas Jefferson on the meaning of "natural subjects", i.e., when people fit the definition of natural subjects of a country and when they did not. Jefferson’s notes were in part to answer the status of a lady’s son with respect to whether he could inherit property in England. The second item I found was a 1790 US law that defines people born outside of...
  • MONUMENTS & RE WRITING HISTORY

    11/15/2018 10:44:29 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 7 replies
    A Friend | 15 Nov 2018 | A friend
    Trafalgar Square and it’s monument in the heart of London is dedicated to the British naval victory over Napoleons combined French and Spanish fleet at Cape Trafalgar in October 1805. The British fleet was under the command of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, a statue of which sits atop of a 169’ granite and bronze column. Such a tall monument for such a small man in stature; 5’4”, 130 lbs , missing one arm and an eye from battle wounds. He also suffered from gout, chronic headaches, was often sea sick and had a ferocious temper. However, he was a tactical...
  • The Danger in Republicans' Fight to Own Lincoln's Legacy

    08/27/2018 11:20:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 639 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2018 | By William Sullivan
    Human beings (and Americans are no exception) like their heroes and villains easily identifiable and the explanation of historical events simple. As such, both Republicans and Democrats have built easily digestible historical narratives regarding American political history since the Civil War. Peculiarly, there seems to be a debate about who gets to own the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. On the left, the meandering and incoherent narrative goes like this. Lincoln and his mighty Union army launched a war against the racist, slave-holding Confederacy to rid America of the abominable institution of slavery and make equal citizens of the former slaves....
  • N.C. panel votes to keep Confederate monuments, add context about slavery

    08/22/2018 9:53:43 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/22/18 | Avery Anapol
    The North Carolina Historical Commission voted Wednesday to keep three Confederate monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol building amid controversy about the statues’ future in the state. The commission voted 10-1 not to remove the statues, but to add context about slavery and civil rights, according to the Associated Press. The commission also called for a monument to be built honoring African-Americans’ contributions to North Carolina. The state commission’s vote came in response to Gov. Roy Cooper (D), who called for the three monuments to be removed from the Capitol grounds and preserved at a Civil War battlefield....
  • Think Confederate monuments are racist? Consider pioneer monuments

    08/09/2018 6:58:38 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white culture stands atop a massive stone pillar. The design of the “pioneer monument” was celebrated in newspapers across the country when it was erected in 1894. Today, however, apctivists argue that the monument – particularly its depiction of a Spanish missionary and Mexican “vaquero,” or cowboy, towering over an American Indian – is demeaning to American Indians. Should the city take...
  • Group plans ‘black-led boycott’ for inaction on renaming Faneuil Hall

    07/26/2018 8:03:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Brooks Sutherland
    A group pushing to change the name of iconic marketplace Faneuil Hall is now calling for a national “black-led boycott” of the tourist site after being “avoided and rebuffed” by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, according to its founder. Kevin Peterson said the New Democracy Coalition has been reaching out to the mayor for more than a year and a half about a name change through letters, press conferences and office visits.
  • Slavery: What They Didn't Teach in My High School

    07/12/2018 7:20:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 75 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/12/2018 | Larry Elder
    A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked. Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century -- centuries before the European slave trade -- and continued...
  • The forgotten carnage of the Revolutionary War

    06/18/2018 9:35:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/17/2018 | Bill Federer
    “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!” commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel Putnam, June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott’s men were in the center redoubt located on Breed’s Hill, adjacent Bunker Hill, guarding the north entrance to Boston Harbor. Samuel Swett wrote in his “History of Bunker Hill” that as the 2,300 British soldiers advanced: “The American marksmen are with difficulty restrained from firing. Putnam rode through the line, and ordered that no one should fire till they arrived within eight rods. … Powder was scarce and must not be wasted. They...
  • Charleston may apologize for role in U.S. slave trade

    06/15/2018 7:53:03 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 57 replies
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | 6/15/18 | By Emily Bohatch
    One of South Carolina’s oldest cities may be apologizing for its prolific role in the U.S. slave trade, according to city documents. Charleston’s city council will consider a resolution “recognizing, denouncing and apologizing” for the role the South Carolina port city played in the slave trade, according to the council’s agenda. The formal apology will be considered for the first time on Juneteenth, a day aimed at celebrating the abolition of slavery. The resolution — which is scheduled for next Tuesday’s meeting — also says the city will commit to continuing to “pursue initiatives that honor the contributions of those...
  • The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

    05/11/2018 9:18:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 170 replies
    History.com ^ | 3 May 2018 | BECKY LITTLE
    Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving captive of the last slave ship to bring Africans to the United States. ... In fact, they are only now being released to the public in a book called Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” that comes out on May 8, 2018... he was only 19 years old when members of the neighboring Dahomian tribe captured him and took him to the coast. There, he and about 120 others were sold into slavery and crammed onto the...
  • May 11 in military history: JEB Stuart mortally wounded, and the Pacific War's Audie Murphy

    05/11/2018 6:38:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 21 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    [...] 1863: During the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart is shot by a dismounted Union cavalry trooper north of Richmond, Va. "The greatest cavalry officer ever foaled in America" is mortally wounded and will die the next day. [...] 1927: A young air mail pilot named Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh touches down at St. Louis' Lambert Field after a 14-hour flight from San Diego to pick up the custom-built Ryan NYP that will hopefully carry the U.S. Air Service Reserve Corps aviator across the Atlantic Ocean. The race to perform the first nonstop Transatlantic flight has...