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posted by 134688 on October 15, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A Specious Claim
"That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove.
The hostility to this institution commenced before the adoption of the Constitution, and was manifested in the well-known Ordinance of 1787, in regard to the Northwestern Territory.
It [the hostility of northern abolitionist] has grown until it denies the right of property in slaves, and refuses protection to that right on the high seas, in the Territories, and wherever the government of the United States had jurisdiction.
It [the Union] advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst."
History is a dangerous tool left in the hands of propagandists like the Kennedys. Do your research and see how wrong these guys are.
Try Chandra Mannings examination of soldier's letters in her "What This Cruel War Was Over".
I implore you to discover this countries real history of racial hatred and institutionalized racism. It is important. (Yes, the north was just as racist).
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Posted January 7, 2004
Dissent even in the South !
I actually would have given this book 1 star, but in terms of sheer 'chutzpa', it deserves 2. But really, if the South was so 'right', why did 100,000 southerners desert and fight on the Union side, why did large regions of the South support the union throughout the war (hill country in Texas, most of West Virginia, eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, parts of North Carolina) ? Obviously, many, many southerners during 1861-65 disagreed with the basic premise, 'The South was Right'.
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Posted December 5, 2002
Some of the discussion here reminds me of living in Germany. There are many older Germans who really want to believe that their grandfather fought in a just war, and they then try to reconstruct arguments in favor of why Germany really was not that bad, or they only focus on a few minor points, while leaving out the big picture. Actually, my grandfather was from Georgia, and my ancestors landed in Virginia in 1620, so my family also fought for the South (I am a Yankee). There is no side in any war that is 100 % evil and bad. Even the Nazis could come up with some arguments (Hitler built the autobahn, we were fighting against global communism, the Eastern front campaign was to hold back Communism and save Europe, Stalin killed more people than Hitler, the Allied bombers killed 600,000 civilians), etc. etc. etc. In college, I took a semester-long course on the Civil War. In it, our professor asked us, "If a man from Mars who represents total objectivity, were to come down to earth, what would he think and how would he decide". It was a kind of litmus test for deciding on issues historically. To me there is no doubt that such an objective observer would find that the South was WRONG, not right. Morally, the South wanted to break America up into thousands of units. If the South had won (a near impossibility, given that the North produced 10 times as much ammunition and cannon), the so-called "Confederacy" would have broken into thousands of units - into total feudalism. My grandfather's Georgia is kind of like that today. Imagine if the South had won ! There would be no U.S.A., just feudalistic units, and the strong would write the rules. Too bad if you are "colored". The South also fired first on the North. And all you Confederate-supporters who always say "the North sustained twice as many casualties as the South" [thus trying to prove that the Southerner was a better fighter], please remember that the Union was attacking and attacking armies always have twice as many casualties. I kind of admire the courage of the author to write this book. But please remember, the South firing on the North at Fort Sumpter resulted in over 500,000 American dead. It ripped our country apart. Anyone who wants to celebrate that is a lunatic. Please do like Germany and Japan. Admit your cause was lost and take it like a man, and build a better, more successful society.
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Posted February 14, 2010
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