Strike The Tent...
16 April 2006
  I Report. You Decide
Did Alabama Governor Bob Riley(R) give false information, stating the Civil War was fought over slavery, and subsequently insult the memory of the approximately 122,00 Alabamians who fought in the Civil War in his proclaimation naming April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in the State of Alabama? Did he need to include the apology for slavery? And what about this letter writer? Are they wrong in stating that the Civil War was started over Lincoln's taxation policy?

What about this gem I found while surfing? Agree or disagree?


Help me out here, folks....
 
Comments:
Taking your questions in order, 1) did the governor need to include an apology in his proclamation? No, he didn't need to, but it's a good idea if the state is going to officially celebrate the Confederacy, it should make a point of distancing itself from the reason the Confederacy was created -- the preservation of slavery. If anything, the slavery-related phrasing was too weak, as if the institution were just one of several, equally-important issues. In fact, it was far and away the overriding issue at the very heart of the sectional rift.

And 2) regarding the letter writer, is he wrong? Yes, he's not only wrong, he has apparently embraced a purely fictional version of the secession crisis, and is not to be taken seriously.

David
 
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