Debunking Civil War Myths Long Proven Wrong
Posted in the Athens Forum
#1 Apr 9, 2013
#2 Apr 9, 2013
"The most persistent and pernicious Big Lie regarding the so-called Civil War more properly called the War to Prevent Southern Independence is this:
Noble and saintly Yankees fought the war to abolish slavery; evil Confederates fought to preserve it.
The historical record incontrovertibly refutes this Big Lie and yet it lives on, repeated incessantly by many who know better, and by many, many more who accept without challenge what they were taught in government schools.
The proverbial phrase the victors write the history was well-known well before the war."
#3 Apr 9, 2013
"In fact, General Patrick R. Cleburne, arguing for freeing slaves in exchange for military service, warned what would happen should the Souths bid for independence fail:
Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late. It means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the War, will be impressed by all influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, our maimed veterans as fit objects for their derision. to establish sectional superiority and a more centralised form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.Major General Patrick Cleburne, C.S.A.(Jan. 2, 1864)"
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