Sometimes we overlook important stuff.
Somehow not too many people paid attention to the fact that recently William S. Rosecrans was honored in Ohio. Among those who honored him were Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln (who failed to describe just what a duck hit on the head looked like, although apparently he needed only have pointed at Rosecrans), a Confederate general (Braxton Bragg?), and Old Rosey himself. I can’t quite explain the choppy nature of the film clips, which often end in mid-sentence, but then this is Rosecrans they’re discussing. The man needs a monument. Even the reporter dressed up.
From Florida, we bring you a newspaper report reflecting on the meaning of the sesquicentennial. I’m afraid we’re going to see a lot of these stories. One of the people interviewed remarks:
So maybe this is finally the time that we can put the Civil War to rest, not in terms of remembering it, but in terms of being honest about what it was about…what it was ALL about.
I thought Kevin Levin was moving north, not south.
But take this comment from an SCV officer and tell me what you think:
You have to speak up for history, for accuracy. We know that the subject is hurtful for some people. But we’re not celebrating slavery. We’re not celebrating war itself. We’re simply celebrating our ancestors’ sacrifice. They believed so deeply that the South as a region was being threatened with extinction, they were willing to die to save it. You have to respect that.
Of course. And why is that so important?
I’m convinced that keeping us divided by perpetuating things that aren’t fact is beneficial to some elected officials. Racial problems are some of the biggest dividers in this country. And a lot of those come from notions – incorrect notions – that people have about the war. Imagine how scary that would be for politicians if the public stopped being enraged over this single issue? Us being united through an accurate understanding of history would crush them.
I see. People emphasize the role of slavery in the Civil War because they want to divide people. If they only understood American history, and saw that we were always one big happy family … “an accurate understanding of history would crush them.”
There’s some truth to this, remember … in recent weeks we’ve heard from some politicians whose understanding of American history wasn’t very good, especially when it came to slavery. They got crushed.
Finally, a little video about a word we’ve all come to love, from the people of Vassar College, who have had some prior experience along this line.
It’s hump day. Enjoy.