I still remember the first time I heard someone call the Civil War the 'War of Northern Aggression". I laughed and laughed. Almost peed my pants. Then I realized I was the only one laughing. In the south apparently this is still a pervasive attitude. Where I'm from it's the punchline to a joke. Once you travel south of Jupiter and all the way to Miami in Florida it's as if you're in another borough of NYC. I live there now. It seems that history really is written locally. Where I learned history, the Confederacy most certainly was about slavery - and I was even taught that this was bad! Crazy Yankee's indeed.
Yes, I was taught the same. I was taught in Brooklyn that the Civil War was *only* about slavery and how 'wrong' the South was. All the battles were talked about from a Northern/Union perspective.
However, it's what they *DON'T* teach in Yankee schools that is quite suprising. Did you know General Robert E. Lee disliked slavery? Here is what he said about the topic BEFORE the Civil War
"There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil."
"Is it not strange that the descendants of those Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the Atlantic to preserve their own freedom have always proved the most intolerant of the spiritual liberty of others? "
Did you know that he *DIDN'T* want to split from the Union and wanted to have the differences resolved between Virginia and the 'Union' instead? Did you know he went to West Point and was a Superindent there? Did you know he was a good Christian? Do you know there was a Confederate president? Confederate Consititution and a Declaration of Independence?
The 'Stars and Bars' is absolutely a symbol of hatred and by 'Stars and Bars" I'm referring to the traditional rebel flag.
No it is not. What was on the 'General Lee' in the Dukes of Hazzard was the Confederate battle flag (which became part of latter Confederate flags and Union state flags) Otherwise known by many Northerners as the 'Rebel flag' but known by the Southerners as the 'Southern Cross'. A flag I also have hung in my garage proudly.
The Stars and Bars is the flag I pasted above. Later more stars were added when more states joined the Confederacy.
Don't know what you got hanging on your garage wall - maybe that's a common flag in your part of Texas but that most certainly was NOT on the roof of the General Lee!
Again what I have is the original 'Stars and Bars' - the 1st national Confederate flag. It is NOT Texas' Lone Star flag. Nor is it well-known to the public, thanks to a Union-biased education system (my point). However it is the original Confederate flag.
I think that stewing over the past is something that needs to end. Calling it the 'War of Northern Aggression' is to me right on par with the infinite number of Muslims who are still pissed off about the Crusades. Time to move on people. - Just my two cents.
No my friend. You need to educate yourself about the history of this nation as an American. Since you now live in the South, you should take it upon yourself to see that the Southern struggle did NOT symbolize hate.
When I went to Austin (the capital of Texas and the former republic) I came across the Confederate memorial. I held my hand to my heart when I read it and it really moved me. I wish I remember what it said...
As a result, I commemorate Confederate Memorial day on May 31st.
Just keep in mind what the NAACP sees as a racial symbol of hate...is far from that. IMO anyone who is 'offended' by the Confederate flag and lives in the South is a hypocrite. Most people who are offended don't know a THING about Southern history.
I'm sorry. But I believe this country is becoming too P.C. for it's own good. How can a flag that was never responsible for ONE death of an African-American be considered offensive? It is a sign of a proud historical heritage. Nothing more.